Oklahoma requires 576 hours of training for new police officers but Oklahoma City nearly doubles that, with 1,066 hours, The Oklahoman reports. Example: Oklahoma City officers get 70 hours of training in Spanish; state requires none. The firearms and driver training in the Oklahoma City police academy are more than double the state’s requirements.
Intense and continuing training is not a luxury, but a necessity for a police department the size of Oklahoma City’s, Chief Bill Citty said. “It has to be somewhat reactionary. These tactics have to be ingrained in them so they respond automatically,” he said. “It can be a lifesaving tool for the officers.” More officers are killed in crashes than during shoot-outs. Use of firearms in the line of duty usually occurs within seconds. Said Citty: “It’s just like anything else. Practice makes you better.”