Canadian County Sheriff
208 W Rogers
Ph: (405) 422-3187
Fx: (405) 422-2430
After being honorably discharged from the United State Marines in 1972, Randall Edwards became a Yukon businessman, rancher, and resident for over thirty years. He and his wife Michelle raised three sons, William, Dallas, and Clifford, all of whom graduated from Yukon High School and chose law-enforcement as their career field. Randall and his family are all Christians and attend The Church of Christ.
After retiring from business in 2000, Randall was employed by the Canadian County Sheriff's Office where he served as a Deputy Sheriff until 2008, at which time he ran for, and was elected to, the office of Canadian County Sheriff. Randall was sworn into office as Canadian County Sheriff in 2009. Since taking office he was appointed a Deputy U.S. Marshall. Randall is a graduate of The Oklahoma Sheriff's Academy in Oklahoma City as well as a graduate of the National Sheriff's Academy in Longmont, Colorado. Randall is a proactive Sheriff and believes our children are our most valuable resource. He also believes crime is not inevitable nor is being a victim of crime inevitable. Through proactive law-enforcement and working together with citizens through neighborhood watch programs, we can drastically reduce crime and its effects on society.
- Upon taking office, applied for and received a Federal Grant for a complete "Federal Assessment" of the Justice System in Canadian County. The assessment was completed and a copy was given to each of the commissioners in the county. The assessment showed a need for a larger jail and reflected the dilapidated condition of the current jail but said it was fixable.
- Attended and graduated from the Oklahoma Sheriff's Academy.
- Applied for and received an all expense paid federal grant for the Sheriff and three members of the Jail Planing Committee to attend a one-week federal school located in Denver, Colorado, "The Planing of a New Jail." The school proved to be invaluable in the selection of a new jail plan and gave valuable insight on how to build a new jail.
- One of 25 Sheriffs in the Nation to be accepted to and attend the 2009 National Sheriff's Academy in Longmont, Colorado, paid for totally by a federal grant.
- Received a Special, Federal Deputy United States Marshal's Commission, to help with and facilitate responsibilities as Sheriff.
- Established the Canadian County K-9 Division with the purchase of four K-9s.
- Established the Canadian County Drug Interdiction Division. The Drug Interdiction Division has seized thousands of pounds of drug cartel's drugs, dozens of drug transport vehicles, hundreds of thousands in cash, and responsible for the arrests of dozens of cartel drug traffickers.
- Established the Canadian County/ U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force to pursue and apprehend fugitives from justice.
- Formed the Canadian County Drug Response Unit for the investigation, apprehension, and prosecution of drug dealers and manufacturers.
- Provided school security for the rural schools that can not afford it.
- Sent two deputies to the National D.A.R.E. academy sponsored by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol to provide drug education to our schools that do not have it.
- Started a size and weights program, hiring one full time Deputy to enforce the weight laws in Canadian County, protecting our county roads and bridges from overweight traffic.
- Obtained a 12 passenger transport bus donated to the county to facilitate a prisoner work program, utilizing inmate labor and to transport prisoners to D.O.C.
- Started a Chaplain Corp. to provide Chaplain services to Canadian County residents in times of need as well as minister to deputies and inmates.
- Contracted out the medical services at the jail to a private medical provider, fixing the medical costs to the county and shifting the liability to the provider. Brought the Jail Medical into compliance, all for the same approximate cost as previous years when Canadian County assumed all the medical liability, unknown costs and was drastically out of compliance.
- Refurbished the jail's plumbing and fixtures, replaced the roof, repaired electrical as needed, painted the inside of the jail, repaired holes in the walls and relined showers, drying up the water that has stood in the hallways for years.
- Replaced or repaired locks on jail cells that was not locking when he took office.
- Purchased 50 beds, getting inmates that had been sleeping on the floor off the floor and in a bed.
- Brought the jail into compliance with the State Inspectors Office and Oklahoma Jail Standards, with only one exception, overcrowding. This has allowed the State to work with the county on the overcrowding problem as apposed to receiving fines and getting shut down.
- Wrote an interlocal agreement between the Sheriff's Office and all the Municipal Police Departments in the County, deputizing all full time police officers while they are on duty. This agreement removed all the jurisdictional boundaries for law enforcement in Canadian County allowing law enforcement to be more effective. This agreement was approved by the State Attorney General, County Commissioners, individual police department heads as well as the corresponding City Councils and filed at the Secretary of States Office.
- Has expanded the Canadian County Reserve Deputy Program to offset the need for additional deputies in a time the county can not afford an increase in budget.