Oklahoma City police institute changes in defense training after recruit's death

Police recruit Kelley Chase, 38, died Saturday after hitting his head on a mat the day before during a self-defense takedown maneuver. All recruits in future self-defense classes will use head gear, Police Chief Bill Citty said.
by Juliana Keeping Modified: October 20, 2012 at 8:16 am •  Published: October 16, 2012

Head gear will be worn by all Oklahoma City police recruits during future self-defense classes, Chief Bill Citty said Tuesday.

“We won't do any more defense training without it,” Citty said.

Cadet Kelley Chase, 38, died Saturday after hitting his head during a takedown maneuver with an instructor Friday. The accident occurred during a six-minute physical test, the final exercise in a two-week self-defense training course.

“In this case, the back of his head hit the mat,” Citty said. “It did not knock him unconscious. There was no fracture, it was just internal injuries.”

It wasn't a violent throw, Citty said.

The state medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

Half of the recruits in the police academy class still need to complete the two-week course, Citty said.

The course has been delayed as cadets grapple with their peer's death and the department looks to purchase new safety gear.

Overall, a police academy entails 28 weeks of training and course work.

Chase, an Air Force veteran, leaves behind a wife of four years and their two children, ages 2 and 3.


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by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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