Oklahoma County jailers have been told to ask more questions when investigators from other agencies drop in to question inmates, reports The Oklahoman. Sheriff John Whetsel said the policy change is in response to a man who used police credentials from the small town of Langston to get six private meetings with his incarcerated fiancee.
Dawud Ali, 60, of Oklahoma City, was charged with six felony counts of unauthorized entry into a prison institution. He has been a reserve Langston police officer. Ali signed in the first time as a Langston officer but the other five other times signed in as being from Logan County. He was a supervisor at the Oklahoma County jail before being fired in 2001. Whetsel said the fact Ali used his police uniform as part of his ruse made it more difficult to detect. “This is not a problem with security,” Whetsel said. “This is a law enforcement officer who abused his position. [ ] It wasn’t just a citizen who walked up off the street.” The jail often has more than 2,000 inmates.