In 1960, the OSPOA played a very important role in the enactment of legislation requiring training for all law enforcement officers and creating what is now known as the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training or CLEET.
Firearms Training Programs
In 1963, the OSPOA sponsored the First Annual State Pistol Match during its 49th Annual Conference in Oklahoma City. The OSPOA Board of Directors realized the need for firearms training of officers throughout the state and felt that “pistol match competition” just might create the incentive needed for departments to build practice ranges for the officers. The idea quickly caught on and firearms’ training is now a part of their required training mandated by state law. Today, every law enforcement officer in the State of Oklahoma has access to a firearms range somewhere within a short distance.
Peace Officers Memorial
Located at the Department of Public Safety Headquarters, 3600 North Martin Luther King Avenue in Oklahoma City, monuments bearing the names of officers killed in the line of duty, both prior to and since statehood, are standing. A Memorial Service is held on or about May 15 of each year at this site.
Beginning in 1995 the following law enforcement organizations began co-sponsoring this memorial service:
- Oklahoma Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association
- Oklahoma Fraternal Order of Police
- Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police
- Oklahoma Troopers Association
- Oklahoma Sheriffs Association
- Association of Oklahoma Narcotics Enforcers
- Oklahoma Gang Investigators Association
- Oklahoma Game Warden Association
Annual Training Conference
Each year the OSPOA hosts a training conference to allow each law enforcement officer to fulfill his/her mandatory continuing education requirements. All training sessions are certified by CLEET.
The OSPOA has created a college scholarship program whereby individuals may apply and be considered for approval by the Board of Directors. The Association awards up to five, $500 scholarships each year.