The Lawton Police Department Public Information Officer is Detective Nancy Lombardo.
Detective Lombardo was hired by the Lawton Police Deparment in March of 1988.Detective Lombardo worked 15 years as a uniform patrol officer before being assigned as a Detective in Special Operations.Detective Lombardo worked narcotics and vice operations before taking over as the department's sex offender compliance officer.Detective Lombardo also specialized in Internet Crimes Against Children.Detective Lombardo is an advanced hostage negotiator, and a member of the Police Honor Guard and Bicycle Patrol.Prior to being hired by the Lawton Police Department, Detective Lombardo served in the United States Army as a Military Police Officer.Detective Lombardo took over as the Public Information Officer in January of 2016.Responsible for media relations, Detective Lombardo provides the community with a wide variety of information about the Lawton Police Department.
Detective Nancy Lombardo can be reached at (580)-581-3210
Detective Nancy Lombardo of the Lawton (Oklahoma) Police Department is in her 26th year in law enforcement combating illegal drugs.
It's not easy, she said, when the Mexican drug cartel members traveling through the city interstate en route to Oklahoma City are settling in Lawton, home to 100,000 people between the community and the Fort Sill military base.
With the legalization of marijuana in Colorado, the problem surrounding illegal drugs continues.
Lombardo grew up in Jamestown, and it wasn't until junior high school when she realized she wanted to pursue a career in law enforcement.
She ended up joining the Army as a military police officer, becoming a member of one of the last women Army Corps units before men and women joined together.
Lombardo is pictured receiving a plaque recently to commend her for her work.
She spent three years as a military police officer and from there she ended up in Lawton, which has a 180-officer police department.Getting into the LPD took Lombardo two years and she's spent 15 years as a patrol officer and the last 11 years as a detective.
Since her first day as a patrol officer, Lombardo has taken interest in sweeping drugs off the street.
Drugs that enforcement sees on a normal basis in the city include prescription drugs, which she said is No. 1 nationally in abuse, along with methamphetamines and cocaine.
Lawton's major interstate coming from Texas is allowing meth crystals that are made in Mexico to be transported to Oklahoma City, which is a major hub, Lombardo said.
As a result, many cartel members have stationed themselves in Lawton.
Investigating drug activity, she explained, is a process that takes years since dealers are conducting business through cellphones.
During her tenure at Lawton, Lombardo was involved in the largest drug bust involving cocaine in the history of the LPD, and it was all by chance through the use of a confidential informant.
"One of my informants happened to get into this house," she said.
"She saw drugs cut up on the table, and I wasn't going to mess with it because I thought we didn't want to deal with the five and dime.
I was hesitant typing the warrant, but I did it."
Upon arrival, she thought they hit a dead house, but that was until they opened up a closet in a bedroom.
In bags, they found bricks of cocaine-something the LPD never seen or knew since it was purely condensed.
Each package was marked and stamped, which told Lombardo what cartel made the drugs and the location where it came from.
Lombardo explained that the problem has to be fought through the children.
Children have to be taught right and wrong, which is something some parents are not teaching, she said.
As a result, children look for different avenues to live their life.
She went on to speak of a situation in which enforcement found an active meth lab with a sick child inside due to the fumes.
"I think that we need to better educate kids and find things for them to do," she said.
With the same people getting thrown back in jail, receiving a felony for the fifth or sixth time, she said that abusers believe drug use is a nonviolent crime, and she disagree with that notion.
"At least in Lawton, all the homicides, burglaries and home invasions involve drugs," she said.
Along with her 26 years at the Lawton Police department, Lombardo also is president for the Association of Oklahoma Narcotics Enforcers.She began as a member of the organization, which provides law enforcement with the latest technologies and legal methodology for drug penalties.Once she is finished fulfilling her term as well as serving a required term as past president, Lombardo plans to retire and return back to the area where she bought a home near Lake Erie.She didn't realize how beautiful the community was until she left.
"I love this community," she said.
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