The Cherokee Nation awarded the Tulsa Police Human Trafficking and Vice Unit last week with the Cherokee Nation Marshal's Award.
The unit received the award at the Families Are Sacred Summit for its work in combatting human trafficking in partnership with the Cherokee One Fire Program. The summit provided three days of dialogue to better assist and provide services to survivors of domestic violence.
TPD's Human Trafficking and Vice Unit is responsible for the investigation of all forms of human trafficking, commercial sex trafficking, street-level narcotics, alcohol and gambling. Lt. Craig LaGrone attended last week's summit to receive the award on behalf of the unit.
In 2022, with an increased focus on reducing victimization caused by human trafficking, the Human Trafficking and Vice Unit arrested 22 people for human trafficking-related offenses and rescued 48 victims from their traffickers. The unit seized more than two pounds of fentanyl during their street-level narcotics investigations.