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OK honors 80th anniversary of OK Dept of Public Safety and OK Highway Patrol

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OK (KSWO)- April 20th marks 80 years of service by the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety and Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

“The Department of Public Safety has faithfully served the people of Oklahoma for 80 years,” said Commissioner Michael C. Thompson. “On behalf of all the former and current members of the department, including the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, I would like to thank all of the communities across Oklahoma that support the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.”

The Devon Energy Center in Oklahoma City and the BOK Center in Tulsa will light up blue tonight to honor the organization's commitment to the state.

On April 20, 1937, Gov. Ernest W. Marland passed legislation enabling the creation of the Department of Public Safety. M. “Bud” Gentry was appointed as the first commissioner and H.E. Bailey as the assistant commissioner. Eighty-five Troopers graduated from the first OHP Academy.

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