Chief's Training Update

It's been such a busy week! In the last couple of nights I've tried to get back and write up a great story, but I've been drawn away by a number of different things. Most of them being great conversations with fellow chiefs. I've been able to develop a great rapport with many chiefs across the state. I believe most of them have in excess of twenty years of law enforcement experience. This has allowed me the opportunity to learn a great deal outside of the classroom.

The last couple days of instruction have been fairly interesting. I have taken over forty pages of notes! I feel the most important part of the curriculum was over the legal liabilities the police department can cause the city. Most of them can be prevented by common sense. Things like excessive force, false arrests, and other civil rights violations are simple to avoid when you have properly trained officers. Others, like training mandates and equipment liabilities, are harder to spot. Since we have long operated under a policy and procedure manual, we have nothing more to worry about than to follow those policies and make sure they are continually updated to satisfy changes in law. As I have said before, that is common practice and has been for many years.

 

Today was well spent with instructors from the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, the Oklahoma District Attorney's Council, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I was reassured of the vast resources we have available in the state and of each agency's willingness to provide support whenever it is needed.

 

Tomorrow is the final day of instruction to end this long and informative week. I will soon be able to get back in the regular swing of things and have updates from the police department each week. The main focus in the near future will be budgeting and potential grants. I will keep you informed of our budgeting process and of our potential grant applications for the next fiscal year.

 

A number of the computers within our department are outdated and slow. No matter what we try to do to keep them in service, they're just not new enough to keep up with the programs we operate. I was concerned about the cost to replace the computers next year, since it has become a necessity. I have excellent news to report. Officer Stephen Seely, who just recently joined our department, facilitated a donation of laptop computers to our department from OG&E. OG&E was replacing their entire lot of machines and Officer Seely inquired where the old machines were going. After finding out they could be donated, Officer Seely requested that we receive some if it were possible. OG&E kindly donated seven of their old laptops to the Cordell Police Department. Each came with a desktop docking station, power cords, and even a very nice bag to carry it in. Two of them have already been placed into the Cordell Emergency Operations Center at the fire department. This donation alleviated the immediate need to replace our current systems. I am grateful to OG&E for the generous donation and thank Officer Seely for his efforts.

 

All of you should know that there are great people working at the police department. Each of them care deeply about the community. We are all working on ways to better serve you. Until next time, stay safe and God bless!