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2 Okla. Congressmen Welcome Security Offer (Jan 12, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two Oklahoma congressmen say they would welcome Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel's offer to provide security at their town hall meetings.

Whetsel is the first sheriff in the state to begin creating a security unit for dignitaries following the attack in Tucson, Ariz., that critically wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed six people.

Oklahoma Reps. James Lankford and Tom Cole told The Oklahoman's Washington bureau they would welcome law enforcement officers at their coming town hall meetings. Parts of both Lankford and Cole's districts are in Oklahoma County.

Rep. Dan Boren said he plans 25 town hall meetings and will notify the sheriff's departments in those counties while Rep. Frank Lucas said safety is a priority — but declined to discuss specific security measures planned for his meetings.

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