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City sets timeline for changes at LPD

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LAWTON, Okla._ Change is on its way to the Lawton Police Department. The city released an official timeline Monday detailing their plans for implementing a variety of changes.

The Fidelis Group, of Oklahoma City, wrapped up their investigation into LPD more than two months ago. Monday, the city manager’s office released a three-page timeline and a seven-page revised promotions policy.

The changes do not only affect uniformed officers, but police administrators, emergency dispatchers and jail personnel.

An overhaul to the promotions process will be the first change to take effect on May 1. In the new policy, there are new requirements, including minimum requirements for officers seeking promotion to lieutenant (six years of service), captain (two years as lieutenant), deputy chief, and police chief.

The police chief, after the May 1 implementation, will have to turn a list over to the city manager, ranking the top three candidates in order for a promotion. This will be after a promotions panel, made up of mostly officers from other departments around the state, makes a decision.

Aside from the promotions, other changes coming to the department are the creation of a leadership team, or a council, made up of police personnel to solve problems within the department. That is set to be implemented June 2.

Police vehicles, and other necessary equipment, have already been approved for purchase by the Lawton City Council and are expected to arrive by October.

There are some changes that have no effective date assigned to them just yet. City Manager Bryan Long said Monday some are awaiting budget approval, while others are contingent upon a new police contract, which the city and police union are currently negotiating.


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