Cope vows preventive approach as sheriff
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Eric Cope believes he can create change and do a lot for the people of Sequoyah County if he is elected Sequoyah County Sheriff.
Cope made his formal announcement this week that he will seek that office. “It's something I've wanted to do since I've been in law enforcement,” Cope said.
Cope, who lives north of Vian, is currently working at Bacone College as a campus police officer. He has worked in the sheriff's office on two different occasions and has been an officer for the Gore and Vian police departments. In all, he has 14 years experience in law enforcement.
“I would like to actually have deputies working the streets and the rural areas to prevent burglaries and crime that occurs at night. I like to be more preventive than work damage control. I'm also the type of person that if you have questions, call me or come see me. What I'm here for is to do the best I can for the people of Sequoyah County.
Cope said presently, a lot deputies' time is spent on the interstate. He said he appreciates stopping drug traffic, but would like to see more patrolling of the rural areas.