Youth CLEET law enforcement & public safety program passes Senate
Mike Seals - March 9, 2021 11:29 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY – Having a sufficient number of law enforcement officers is crucial to public safety in Oklahoma, and Sen. David Bullard, R-Durant, wants to give high school students a glimpse into career opportunities in this field. Senate Bill 784 authorizes the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) to develop a statewide law enforcement and public safety youth program designed for high school students.
“With all the negativity nationally surrounding our courageous law enforcement officers, I think it’s important to show students, who might have an interest in this field, that this is an honorable and worthy career to pursue,” Bullard said. “Our state law enforcement numbers are running low and we need to find a way to attract brave individuals with public servant hearts to step up and protect their fellow Oklahomans. This program will give them some insight into what all is involved when one puts on the uniform and badge.”
SB 784, which was approved unanimously by the Senate Tuesday, was requested by Metro Tech to expand career opportunities for Oklahoma’s youth.
The bill now heads to the House where Rep. Kevin West, R-Moore, is serving as the House author.