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Oklahoma's major law enforcement agencies face possible overhaul

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla._ Discussions are underway at the state Capitol that could result in the total overhaul of Oklahoma's major law enforcement agencies.

Governor Mary Fallin is reviewing three proposals that would consolidate OSBI, the Highway Patrol, the Bureau of Narcotics, and the Able Commission under a new department of public safety. Officials say the move would create a single director who could coordinate law enforcement efforts in a more pro-active approach. Right now, they say there's a lack of a common operational picture, since each agency's jurisdiction regularly overlaps another. It could also improve cooperation and communication between the existing agencies, when it comes to sharing data during investigations.

If a particular plan can be settled on by the Governor's Task Force, it would then need to be submitted to the legislature for their input, and approval. They hope to have it ready for the 2016 legislative session.

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