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Cities to offer own PD academies

Edmond_Edmond, Broken Arrow and Lawton plan to take advantage of a new law allowing some large police departments to provide their own police training academies.  Edmond's Academy Coordinator Sgt. Jeff Richardson says it allows the department to train officers the way Edmond Police want them trained.

He says Edmond's academy will provide the required 600 hours of training required under the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training. The goal is to provide the core CLEET program plus triple the amount of ethics training.

Edmond Police Chief Bob Ricks says the CLEET training is "one size fits all'' and the people in Edmond want higher standards.  The new law went into effect last July and is for departments in cities of 65,000 or more and counties of 500,000 or more.

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