The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety turned 75 Friday and DPS officials are wrapping up plans to celebrate its anniversary in conjunction with the annual Trooper of the Year and DPS employee appreciation awards.


 


The event, sponsored by Concerned Oklahomans for the Highway Patrol Society, is scheduled for May 11, 2012, at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, located at 1700 N.E. 63rd Street in Oklahoma City.


The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety turned 75 Friday and DPS officials are wrapping up plans to celebrate its anniversary in conjunction with the annual Trooper of the Year and DPS employee appreciation awards.

 

The event, sponsored by Concerned Oklahomans for the Highway Patrol Society, is scheduled for May 11, 2012, at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, located at 1700 N.E. 63rd Street in Oklahoma City.

 

“Typically  by  this  time of year, we’ve already had our annual Trooper of the  Year  awards  banquet,  but considering  it was the department’s 75th anniversary  we  decided  to put something together on a much grander scale and  include a segment of the agency that often gets left out; our highly dedicated  and much appreciated  civilian employees. We’re thrilled that Governor  Mary  Fallin  will  be able to welcome attendees and make opening comments,”  said  Michael  C. Thompson, Commissioner  of  the  Oklahoma
Department of Public Safety.

 

“We’re very excited about what COHP’s  has  been  able  to  put together, and look forward to hearing from Governor  Frank  Keating  who  is  slated to be our keynote speaker,” Thompson said.

 

Tickets are still available for members, former employees and supporters of DPS and OHP through Wednesday. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased online at www.dps75th.com or by calling the DPS Public Affairs Division at (405) 425-7709.