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Oklahoma Corrections Department to move training academies to Oklahoma City

BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Modified: January 20, 2010 at 10:13 am •  Published: January 20, 2010

The state Corrections Department in a cost-savings move will relocate its correctional officer training from Wilburton to the Highway Patrol Training Center in Oklahoma City, legislative leaders said today.

The department also will relocate a separate employee training facility from the College of Continuing Education at the University of Oklahoma to the Oklahoma City training center.

The move is expected to save the state about $600,000 without a reduction in services, officials said.

Staff at the Wilburton and OU facilities will be relocated to fill higher priority corrections positions that are vacant or understaffed, officials said.

"This move will centralize and consolidate training for correctional officers," said Rep. Randy Terrill, R-Moore, who is chairman of the House appropriations subcommittee on public safety and judiciary.

Sen. Anthony Sykes, R-Moore, said the move will save money in one of the state's most vital public safety areas.

Sykes, chairman of the Senate appropriations subcommittee on public safety and judiciary, said the move will help both agencies use existing resources "in the most cost-effective way possible while maintaining public safety standards."

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