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.

Sign up

The academy is an 11-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 Tuesday evenings. Each evening class will begin at 6 p.m. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. Class size will be limited to 20 citizens.

Citizens Police Academy Application form can be obtained on the City’s website,, or at the Police Department, 615 S. Johnstone Ave. Applications may be emailed to Special Assistant to the Chief Rick Silver at, dropped off at the Police Administration window located inside the Police Department, 615 S. Johnstone Ave., or faxed to 918-338-4037, attn. Rick Silver.

The first class of the next academy will be held Aug. 20, 2019. Applications for this class must be received no later than July 30, 2019.


  • 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.


  • The academy meets three hours one evening per week for 11 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 Tracy Roles

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.


Anyone interested should contact Special Assistant to the Chief Rick Silver at 918-338-4033 or