Apprentice officers added to Tulsa police force 17 new officers earn their badges and transition to field training
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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
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.
Seventeen apprentice police officers earned their badges Friday, adding to the rank of Tulsa patrol officers.
A family member pins Ronald Aaron Michael Myers Jr.'s badge to his uniform after Myers graduated from the Tulsa Police Academy on Friday.