Year Inducted: 2016
Scott Rowland began his law enforcement career as the public information officer for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics in 1989.
Scott went to law school at night graduating cum laude from the Oklahoma City School of Law in 1994.
After graduation Scott began his career as a prosecutor working as an Assistant Attorney General for Attorney General Dew Edmonson focusing on white-collar crime.
In 1996 Scott returned to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics as General Counsel. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Clandestine methamphetamine laboratories were destroying America. Scott was the primary architect of House Bill 2176 which put the primary ingredient for the manufacture of methamphetamine, pseudoephedrine, behind the counter at pharmacies. With the passing of that statute, Oklahoma’s meth lab seizures dropped 90 percent almost overnight. Oklahoma’s law was the first of its kind placing restrictions on the purchase of pseudoephedrine and became the model which other states followed. Today the United States is not plagued by meth labs because of Scott’s pioneering work.
Scott also worked to implement the Prescription Monitoring Program in Oklahoma. After successful implementation, the “PMP” system became a model for other states as well.
In 2006 Scott became the first assistant district attorney in the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office where he currently continues to serve.
As an Oklahoma County prosecutor, in addition to his leadership duties, Scott prosecutes cases ranging from drug trafficking to capital murder.
Scott has also served as a special prosecutor in several counties throughout Oklahoma and has supervised over fifty wiretap investigations.
Throughout his career, Scott has worked for legislative changes to make Oklahoma safer. In addition to the hundreds of presentations Scott has given to law enforcement professionals, he also regularly writes professional articles for law enforcement publications. Scott’s intellect on law enforcement issues is known throughout the United States. Scott authored The Laws of Arrest, Search and Seizure: an Outline for Oklahoma Prosecutors and Police Officers and Right to Counsel and Right to Silence: An Overview of the 5th and 6th Amendments which have been used by thousands of law enforcement officials in Oklahoma and throughout the country.
Scott has been named Lecturer of Merit by the National College of District Attorneys, Outstanding Assistant District Attorney for the State of Oklahoma by the Oklahoma District Attorney’s Council, and has been twice recognized by the Association of Oklahoma Narcotic Enforcers as the State Prosecutor of the Year. Scott was also presented the Distinguished Service Award by John Walters, Director of National Drug Control Policy in the Executive Office of the President of the United States.
Scott also currently serves on the Police Science Advisory Board of the Oklahoma State University at Oklahoma City.
Thousands of police officers and prosecutors are better at their profession because of Scott’s work and leadership.