The Lawton Police Department was awarded a $75,000 grant which will help fund officers working overtime in a new crime-fighting initiative.
"They can get out on their porch in the summertime, sit on the porch, go to the park, let the kids play in the yard and live free of crime," said Smith.
The program will start in Zone 1, which consists of one square mile adjacent to Cache Road between Ft. Sill Blvd and Sheridan Road. Police say in recent years, this area has had its share of violent and non-violent crimes.
The city-wide crime fighting initiative is all in an effort to improve public safety and overall quality of life for those living in Lawton.