OKLAHOMA CITY - Governor Mary Fallin signed a bill into law that says anyone convicted of killing a police officer will now be sentenced to death or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Law enforcement across the state say the harsher punishment could help prevent future crimes against officers.

"With cops being killed across the nation, with all the issues we're having, I believe the bill doing something like that will possibly deter people from doing things like that and take a different approach to how they handle things when they come into contact with a police officer," said Sergeant Timothy Jenkins, Lawton Police.

The "Blue Lives Matter in Oklahoma Act" goes into effect in November.