De-escalation and scenario-based training programs in Oklahoma City produced immediate and direct results: a 50 percent decline in shootings involving police officers after just one year. The Police Department started the program in 2014, and every officer and recruit receives the training.
- Citizens Advisory Board: The Citizens Advisory Board reviews complaints from residents or visitors, including reviewing criminal or administrative investigations. It also reviews department policies and procedures, and convenes public forums. The board provides its recommendations to the Police Chief, and can also refer matters to the City Manager.
- Body-worn cameras: The Police Department's year-long pilot program for body-worn cameras is under way. Policies, record storage procedures and more are being developed for a potential permanent program. Read more here.
- Records: The Police Department is always in strict compliance with the Oklahoma Open Records Act. Our Records Department manages police files and records, and the Office of Media Relations provides a transparent link to the media.
Community Police Programs
The Police Department brings our community and officers closer together with a variety of programs:
- Bilingual Unit
- Citizens Police Academy
- Community Relations Officers
- Family Awareness and Community Teamwork (FACT)
- Homeless Outreach Team
- Police Athletic League
- School Resource Unit
Fairness in Court
Oklahoma City Municipal Court goes beyond recognizing and protecting your constitutionally guaranteed civil rights.
- You don't go to jail if you go to Court for your warrant or case, or if you owe fines or fees. We'll work with you.
- Citations and tickets come with pamphlets explaining your rights.
- The pay window is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day except City-observed holidays, and payments can be made online anytime.
- Indigency hearings ensure that inability to pay for legal defense, court costs and fines doesn't lead to jail time or more financial difficulties.
- Up to two extensions are available for paying fines, and partial payments are allowed. There's no fee for an extension.
- Warrants aren't requested for failure to appear charges.
- The Court's community relations coordinator helps people overcome anxiety and other barriers preventing them from resolving Municipal Court warrants and cases.
- The Police Department participates in Oklahoma County's Drug Court Program (for cases not under Municipal Court jurisdiction).
Community Education and Outreach
Our proactive approach to engaging residents and visitors includes participation in community forums and our guide to interacting with police officers. If you're interested in having a police officer meet with your neighborhood association, church, business or other group, contact one of our community relations officers. The Court's community relations coordinator can also speak to groups about resolving court cases and warrants without anxiety.
Oklahoma City police officers serve and protect all of our community's residents and visitors, regardless of immigration status. Oklahoma City police officers have no lawful authority to enforce federal immigration laws. Police Chief Bill Citty explained the Department's approach to the City Council in January. Read the Immigration Policy here.