How to Become a Police Officer in Oklahoma City

The largest city (and also the capital city of the state) of Oklahoma is Oklahoma City. The city has an interesting history and was founded in 1889 when the Land Run resulted in the settling of over 10,000 people in what is now the downtown area. The entire metropolitan area has a population of nearly 1.5 million, but about 620,000 residents live in the city itself and are served by the Oklahoma City Police Department (OKCPD).

For those wishing to become part of the law enforcement team in Oklahoma City, the application, selection, and training process is detailed below.

Oklahoma City Police Officer Requirements

The OKCPD recruits qualified candidates to join the force and serve the people of the city. The minimum requirements for applying for a job as a cop include a minimum age of 21 and a maximum age of 45. A new recruit must also be a US citizen, have a valid driver’s license, and have a high school diploma or its equivalency. Those hoping to work in law enforcement in Oklahoma City are also expected to demonstrate emotional stability and a good moral character.

To apply for a position with the OKCPD hopeful new police officers must first complete an application. Those with the right qualifications will be invited to take the physical fitness and aptitude tests. To advance in the process, a candidate must meet the minimum fitness standards and pass the written test with a score of at least 70%. The tests are followed by a personal history questionnaire, a personality assessment, polygraph examination, and extensive background investigation. The lucky candidates that make it this far are medically and psychologically evaluated before being admitted to the OKCPD Academy for basic training.

For more information about how to become a cop in a typical big city, see 10 Steps to Becoming a Police Officer on our home page. If you are ready to apply now, find specific application information at Oklahoma City Police Department – Recruitment.

The current Chief of Police for the OKCPD is Bill Citty. He served with the department for over 25 years before being appointed Chief by the city manager in 2003. Several departments report directly to Chief Citty, including the Public Information Office, the Office of Professional Standards, and the Special Investigations Division.

Oklahoma City Police Department Information

To patrol and protect the residents of Oklahoma City, the OKCPD has a force of 1,029 sworn officers as well as 237 civilian employees.1 There is one central police station as well as five substations and several special units including the Equine Unit, Lake Patrol Section, Helicopter Unit, Airport Police Unit, and Motorcycle Unit.

Oklahoma City Police Training Academy

Those new recruits offered employment by the OKCPD must complete 28 weeks of basic training at the non-residential OKCPD Academy. Recruits are provided with uniforms and equipment at no charge and are paid as trainees for the duration of the program. Once completed, the new police officers become certified by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training and will complete four-to-six months of field training with the OKCPD.

Oklahoma City Police Salary and Jobs Outlook

The average annual salary for a cop in Oklahoma is $42,720.2 For an officer in Oklahoma City, the average salary is a little higher at $46,270.3 For trainees in the OKCPD the starting salary is $43,389 and that gets bumped up to $49,214 after the successful completion of basic and field training.1

Growth is expected to be positive for careers in law enforcement in Oklahoma. Projections show an increase of 15.8% from now to 2022 and an average of 400 new jobs available each year in the state.4. This increase is three times as high as the national average.

How to Learn More about the Department and Crime in Oklahoma City

Members of the OKCPD give city residents a unique chance to learn about the Department and what it takes to work as a cop. Several officers and other Department employees offer their time to teach the classes of the Citizens Police Academy. The Academy takes place one evening per week for 12 weeks. Residents interested in participating must apply first, but there is no cost once accepted.

Contact Information

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/okcpd
Twitter: @okcpd

Oklahoma City Police Department
701 Colcord Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Additional Resources

1. Oklahoma City Police Department: https://www.okc.gov/departments/police
2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, Oklahoma: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ok.htm#33-0000
3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, Oklahoma City, OK: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_36420.htm#33-0000
4. Projections Central: http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm