Oklahoma City Police Department Chief of Police Bill Citty and City of Oklahoma City Councilman Jon Pettis visited the Metro Tech Pre-Law Enforcement Program on Wednesday, September 23. Chief Citty’s visit was another step forward in a newly formed agreement that grooms Metro Tech students for entrance into the OKCPD Police Academy.
Although Douglass High School, Francis Tuttle, and Reno Vo-Tech also offer law enforcement prep programs, Metro Tech has an exclusive agreement with OKCPD. Under the agreement, Metro Tech students reap benefits such as first opportunity at 30 spots to attend the OKCPD Cadet Academy in the summer of 2016, and an OKCPD Cadet Coordinator assigned to their classroom.
Sergeant Daugherty is the OKCPD Police Officer assigned to the classroom, and he will maintain a consistent presence throughout the school year.
“My job is to implement police standards so students are prepared for, and know what to expect when they are old enough to enter the police academy. I offer guidance on curriculum, but equally important, I stress integrity and loyalty,” Daugherty said.
Chief Citty spent more than an hour observing the students’ daily routine, inspecting uniforms and offering encouragement and advice for their future.
“Police work isn’t all brawn. You must have good character as well. You will learn skills in this class that will be useful for a lifetime. It’s important for us to support you, but remember that your success in this program and in life is completely up to you.”
Metro Tech is an Oklahoma technology school that offers free tuition to Oklahoma City Public Schools, Crooked Oak Public Schools and Millwood Public Schools students. Full-time and part-time training is also offered for adult students. For more information (405) 424-TECH.