Police Exceed Training Expectations for 2020

Claremore Cares Police Training Exceeds 2020 Expectations Despite COVID-19

Claremore Police Department Exceeds Training Expectations for 2020 Despite COVID-19

Over the last 10 months, we have all had to find new ways to complete what we would normally consider routine tasks. Obviously, those on the frontlines of public safety have had to take greater precautions when performing daily duties, including finding creative ways to continue with mandated training. The Claremore Police Department (CPD) took a challenging situation and excelled! 

The Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) requires every officer receive 25 hours of continuing education each year. This includes firearm certifications and at least two hours of mental health training. Generally, CPD sends officers out to different agencies that offer accredited training opportunities, but, this year, CPD brought as much training in-house as possible. Being creative with the officer’s educational opportunities allowed CPD to decrease travel expenses and reduce the force’s exposure to COVID. 

In 2018, CPD implemented a public safety and policy training tool called Lexipol and recently expanded its capabilities for mandated training. Through this program, Claremore’s officers receive a daily training bulletin that requires login and response. The bulletin typically provides a scenario that references policies, statutes and federal guidelines. After the officers have read and studied the scenario and collateral materials, they are administered a test to ensure they fully understand what they have read. This new educational tool is CLEET-accredited, and CPD’s officers receive 8 hours of continuing education each year by completing daily training bulletins. This tool increases accountability, and through it CPD is building a better agency by promoting proficiency and understanding. 

Claremore Police Chief Stan Brown is committed to excellence and places an emphasis on continuing education and training to provide our community the best law enforcement agency possible. In 2019, prior to the COVID pandemic, CPD averaged 59 hours per officer, 34 hours more than what is statutorily required. In 2020, despite the pandemic, CPD increased training hours to an average of 77 hours per officer. Quick math shows that’s more than 3,000 hours of training for Claremore’s police force of 39 people. CPD officers tripled the minimum standard! 

In closing, the City of Claremore would like to extend a thank you to all essential and frontline workers providing services during these challenging times. Your service is very much appreciated.