Ap­pren­tice of­fi­cers added to Tulsa po­lice force 17 new of­fi­cers earn their badges and tran­si­tion to field train­ing

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Tulsa World - - Metro&region - By Har­ri­son Grimwood

Sev­en­teen ap­pren­tice po­lice of­fi­cers who earned their badges Fri­day learned some key lessons dur­ing the long jour­ney to grad­u­a­tion day.

“As we make the tran­si­tion into field train­ing, there's a few things that we learned in the acad­emy that we will strive to keep at the fore­front of our minds: dis­ci­pline, com­pas­sion, safety,” APO Dakota Jones said.

Jones was one of four of­fi­cers who spoke on be­half of the class dur­ing the grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony. Three other of­fi­cers dis­played and ex­plained for other po­lice per­son­nel, fam­ily and friends their guidon, a flag des­ig­nat­ing their af­fil­i­a­tion with the class, depart­ment, and city.

The 17 grad­u­ates added to the depart­ment's to­tal of 801 of­fi­cers and 175 cit­i­zen em­ploy­ees. The depart­ment has an au­tho­rized strength of 853 sworn per­son­nel.

The re­cruits started their 28week train­ing in late May and

com­pleted more than 1,000 hours of in­struc­tion, which in­cluded law, firearms, de­fen­sive tac­tics, driver's train­ing, re­port writ­ing and of­fi­cer sur­vival, Tulsa Po­lice Maj. Ryan Perkins said.

“That's more than twice the train­ing that's re­quired by the state of Ok­la­homa but just the right amount of train­ing to be a Tulsa po­lice of­fi­cer,” Perkins said.

The re­cruits will un­dergo a 16-week train­ing pro­gram with field train­ing of­fi­cers at Tulsa's Gil­crease, Mingo Val­ley and River­side patrol di­vi­sions.

Po­lice Chief Chuck Jor­dan told the new of­fi­cers that they should be the “agents of change” in polic­ing as so­ci­etal ex­pec­ta­tions for law en­force­ment shift.

“This great Amer­i­can so­ci­ety of ours is ever grow­ing and ever chang­ing, and with that growth

MIKE SI­MONS/Tulsa World

T.K. Wor­ley (left) with the Univer­sity of Tulsa con­grat­u­lates Owasso High School se­nior Sa­van­nah Edwards on her ac­cep­tance to the univer­sity. TU sur­prised stu­dents with hand-de­liv­ered ac­cep­tance let­ters.

HAR­RI­SON GRIMWOOD/ Tulsa World

Sev­en­teen ap­pren­tice po­lice of­fi­cers earned their badges Fri­day, adding to the rank of Tulsa patrol of­fi­cers.

HAR­RI­SON GRIMWOOD/Tulsa World

A fam­ily mem­ber pins Ronald Aaron Michael My­ers Jr.'s badge to his uni­form af­ter My­ers grad­u­ated from the Tulsa Po­lice Acad­emy on Fri­day.

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