Police Academy Set for January 2011, Cops Grant to Paying for 23 Officers

TULSA, Okla. – Mayor Dewey Bartlett and Police Chief Chuck Jordan announced that the Tulsa Police Department will be accepting the 2010 Grant, which is approximately $4.4 million for three years, funding 23 officer positions. The next step is to submit a budget amendment to the City Council for approval.

Mayor Bartlett also announced that a police academy of 30 officers will be held in January 2011. 23 officers will be paid from the Grant and seven will be paid from the Police Department budget. The police academy set for January will cost approximately $95,000 which includes all equipment, uniforms and training overtime for officers leading the academy. Firearms, ammunition and patrol vehicles are currently available and will not be part of any costs for the upcoming academy. Following the field training in the summer, the 30 officers would be assigned to beat patrol in late September/early October.

“After looking at our financial position in the police department, seven additional officers will be part of the academy in January,” Mayor Bartlett said. “Chief Jordan is managing the expenses of the department and keeping overtime costs down. We are maintaining our service levels in the Police Department and look forward to bringing in a new academy at the first of the year.”

The grant requires a commitment by the City of Tulsa to pay for 23 officer salaries in the fourth year of the grant. These costs are expected to be covered in the fourth year from attrition and by continuing to manage expenses in the police budget. The last police academy held by the Tulsa Police Department was in January 2009.

Updated 10-06-2010

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