Tulsa Police Academy has training

The Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) has granted the Tulsa Police Department permission to implement a yearlong pilot program to train peace officers in a basic police academy within the Tulsa region.

As part of a pilot program, the City of Tulsa and the Tulsa Police Department will introduce a Regional Police Training Academy this fall that will allow Tulsa to partner with neighboring communities and law enforcement agencies for police training activities.

“I’m excited to see this type of collaboration between agencies in the region,” Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan said. “This promotes public safety across boundaries and improves safety for all of our communities.

Beginning Sept. 28, two police recruits from Sand Springs Police Department will join 19 police recruits of the Tulsa Police Department in the Tulsa Police Academy. The academy class is slated to graduate in April 2016.

Previously, the Sand Springs Police Department, like most other surrounding agencies, would send new recruits to the CLEET basic training academy in Ada, Okla. This pilot program will keep the Sand Springs police recruits close to home and save Sand Springs associated travel expenses.

The pilot program is a joint endeavor of Sand Springs and Tulsa Police departments as each police department will supply trainers, instructors and resources. Exchange of services will promote efficiency in law enforcement operations for both departments and maximize the benefit for both communities. There is no additional cost to the Tulsa Police Department for this pilot program by adding recruits to an existing academy.

“We are very excited about this opportunity and have full confidence in the Tulsa Police Department and their training staff,” Sand Springs Police Department Chief Mike Carter said. “It is great to be a part of this academy and we are appreciative to the City of Tulsa, the State of Oklahoma and CLEET for giving us this opportunity.”

As a continuation of the pilot program, additional recruit positions will be available in the spring Tulsa Police Academy for other regional law enforcement agencies that have expressed interest in training needs.