Police Chiefs Give Insurance Commissioner, Anti-Fraud Unit Unanimous Support

Dec 14, 2012, 11:13 ET from Oklahoma Insurance Department

OKLAHOMA CITY, Dec. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- By unanimous vote, the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) has passed a resolution of support for the Oklahoma Insurance Department's Anti-Fraud Unit.

"I really appreciate the show of support from the OACP, an organization dedicated to law enforcement in Oklahoma," said Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak. "We work hand-in-hand with those guys to protect Oklahomans and bring offenders to justice. I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to explain how our Anti-Fraud Unit can be of service to them."

The OACP passed the resolution after hearing from Doak and the department's Anti-Fraud investigators at Thursday's OACP meeting.

"Fraud is something we take very seriously," Doak told the group. "We know your resources are strained.  When you're stretched to the limit, we can step in and investigate the insurance fraud cases that otherwise would go untouched. We're here to help you."

OACP President and Director of Public Safety for the City of Stillwater Norman McNickle said the members of the OACP support the Anti-Fraud Unit 100 percent.

"What Commissioner Doak and his investigators provide is so valuable to Oklahoma law enforcement agencies," said McNickle. "They target an area of crime that many times goes unpunished simply because of lack of resources or manpower. We're grateful to the Anti-Fraud Unit for filling that gap. We also believe its investigators should have the proper equipment and weapons to protect themselves in the line of duty. Every law enforcement officer knows that a 'routine' investigation can turn deadly in the blink of an eye."

The OACP also voiced support for the OID's legislative agenda, which includes a bill allowing law enforcement officers to pull over a driver for failing to obtain current auto insurance.

The Oklahoma Insurance Department, an agency of the State of Oklahoma, is responsible for the education and protection of the insurance-buying public and for oversight of the insurance industry in the state.

For more information contact:
Kelly Collins (405) 522-0683

SOURCE Oklahoma Insurance Department