Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes has sent several of his officers through the program over the years. He said the training the institute provides goes hand in hand with both local and national efforts to prevent terrorism.
“I think it's an atrocity that they're going to lose their funding,” Clabes said.
With Tinker Air Force Base in his jurisdiction, Clabes said that the training is especially helpful for his department. Clabes said many of his officers not only trained there, they use the institute as a constant resource.
Cid said given the state's history with terrorism, he feels a deep responsibility to not only local departments like Clabe's, but others around the nation.
“All you have to do is look outside my window here at the memorial at those chairs and that reminds you of the consequences of us not doing the best we can every day to train police officers to prevent terrorism,” Cid said. “This is serious business we're in.”