EPD aims to become a regional place for the training of law enforcement agencies | New


ENID, Oklahoma. – Captain Warren Wilson told Enid Town Commissioners Tuesday night that the Enid Police Department is considering becoming the law enforcement training center in northwest Oklahoma.

During the commission’s study session, Wilson, commander of the EPD’s training division, told commissioners that the department met with the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training a few weeks ago.

At that meeting, Wilson said that Brandon Clabes, executive director of CLEET, said he believes regional partnerships will be the future of law enforcement training in the state.

“We want to become the regional training center for Northwestern Oklahoma,” Wilson said. “We believe it is our duty and our job and that we can do it.”

CLEET approved the EPD to host its own police academies in April 2020 rather than sending new officers to complete the state-required multi-month training in Ada. Since then, two classes have graduated from the department’s police academies, which Chief Bryan Skaggs said have been “very successful.”

Skaggs said police departments in Alva, Woodward and other towns in the area are looking to come to Enid for police academies in order to save money on expenses such as accommodation.

“We will continue to work on this,” Skaggs said. “We are seeing this increase over the next five to ten years. “

A front loader does dirt work on the new Enid Police Department training facility in Western State on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Construction is expected to take approximately 285 days. (Billy Hefton / Enid News & Eagle)

Construction of the new EPD training center, which began earlier this year and is expected to take about 285 days, is going “very, very well,” Wilson said.

The training center, located at 400 W. State, will have a classroom that can accommodate between 40 and 50 people. The additional classroom will allow both future police academies and further training and education of police officers to take place at the same time.

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Work continues in the main classroom (above) and lobby (right) of the new Enid Police Department training center on Tuesday, October 5, 2021. (Billy Hefton / Enid News & Eagle)

“Our primary training goal is to improve public safety and officer safety by improving the quality of service and increasing the amount and quality of training our officers receive,” Wilson said. “We would like, and are in the process of doing, to customize this training in our academy and our continuing education courses to meet the public safety needs of our community. “

The training center will give EPD something it “hasn’t been able to do before,” Wilson said, including stress inoculation, pressure-tested decision-making training and high-level training. loyalty or integrated.

During Tuesday’s regular meeting, the commissioners subsequently approved an agreement with VirTra for simulated firearms equipment and training services for the EPD training center. The system is a five-screen, 300-degree ‘use of force’ virtual training simulator that immerses officers in reality-based scenarios including domestic violence, hostage-taking, traffic stops , de-escalation and more.

The system uses actual use of force incidents that have occurred across the country and allows EPD to produce its own scenarios, the contract says.

The first payment will be $ 49,039.97, which includes installation, training, shipping and handling costs and service until June 30, 2022. The agreement provides for automatic renewals, until four additional years, at a cost of $ 41,269.97 per year.


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