The Bartlesville Police Department is a traditional law enforcement agency providing services normally undertaken by a municipal department. The primary functions are crime prevention and suppression, investigation of criminal activity, recovery of property and apprehension of offenders.

Patrol activity is used for crime prevention and enforcement of traffic and other ordinances of the city. The department consists of the Patrol Division, Services Division, Criminal Investigations Division and Training Division. It provides consolidated police, fire and emergency medical dispatch, including an E911 system, parking enforcement, records and identification and animal control.

Citizen’s academy

Ultimately, it is hoped that the cooperation and understanding generated by the Citizen’s Police Academy will assist the community in its fight against crime.

Goals of the program include:

  • To encourage attendance at and help provide funds for the “Bartlesville Citizen’s Police Academy.”
  • To enhance the relationship between our community and our Police Department.
  • To provide community support to the department.
  • To develop a trust between our citizens and our police.

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The academy is a 12-week comprehensive course that allows citizens to become familiar with the operations of law enforcement through classroom and hands-on instruction in all aspects of the police department.

Classes are held on Thursday evenings with the exception of one Saturday class.

Each evening class begins at 6 p.m. and a meal is provided each night.

Objectives

  • To improve the general understanding of policing among the citizens of Bartlesville, thereby enabling them to make more informed judgments about policing.
  • To better the image of the Police Department in the eyes of the people it serves.
  • To develop a trust between our citizens.

Curriculum

  • The academy meets three hours one evening per week for 12 weeks
  • Jail operations
  • 911 communications
  • Hiring and training officers
  • Patrol functions including an opportunity to actually go on patrol
  • Domestic violence issues
  • Defensive tactics/Custody and control
  • Traffic enforcement
  • DUI
  • Police pursuit
  • Juvenile justice
  • Criminal law
  • Community policing
  • Criminal investigation
  • Evidence
  • Fingerprints and other identification methods
  • Crimestoppers
  • Firearms
  • Crime scene investigation

A message from Police Chief Tom Holland

Community policing is a philosophy, not a program or project. We cannot have a government of the people if we do not include the people in everything we do, including police work. The Bartlesville Police department is committed to reaching out and developing working partnerships with citizens, businesses and community organizations. The Citizens Police Academy is a method of educating the public on what police officers do and why they do it. It also helps to breakdown barriers to communication and develops trust between citizens and the police.

Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni

The Citizens Police Academy Alumni is an incorporated organization of Bartlesville citizens dedicated to enhancing and promoting relations between our community and our Police Department, to providing community support to the Department and to promoting the spirit and positive image of the Department.

Membership

Membership in the Bartlesville Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association is limited to graduates of the Bartlesville Citizens Police Academy.

Contacts

Anyone interested should contact Police Chief Thomas Holland at 918-338-4050, Capt. Rocky Bevard at 918-338-4010 for application information or Alumni Association President George Halkiades at 918-333-2428.