Oklahoma City police cadets' training nearly doubles what law requires

Training above and beyond what the state of Oklahoma requires is a necessity for a police force the size of Oklahoma City's, the police chief says.
BY MATT DINGER mdinger@opubco.com Modified: October 21, 2012 at 8:17 am •  Published: October 21, 2012

Statistically speaking, more officers are killed in crashes than during shoot-outs, Citty said.

Use of firearms in the line of duty usually occurs within seconds, he said.

“It's just like anything else. Practice makes you better.”

“If you're not keeping up with the new technology and ideas in training, you're falling behind. There's always new and better ways of doing things,” Citty said.

But maneuvering dangerous situations is only part of the officer's job that will be reviewed and criticized.

“We have to make sure our officers are taught constantly what they can do legally when taking someone's freedoms away from them,” he said. “You don't want to step over the line to the point where you violate someone's civil rights, and you have to train to keep up with that.”

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