Oklahoma State Senate
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: February
Senator Kenneth Corn
Senator Corn Calls for Back-to-Back Trooper Academies
Saying the ranks of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol will
be greatly depleted by retirements over the next 18 months, Senator
called Tuesday for funding back-to-back Highway Patrol Academies
in Fiscal Year 2006.
“It’s a matter of safety. We need to be ready by June
of next year to put 100 new troopers into the field to ensure the
safety of Oklahoma families. Since the last academy in 2002, we’ve
had 40 troopers retire, resign or be killed in the line of duty.
Over the next year and half we will lose as many as 60 more troopers
to retirement,” said Corn, D-Poteau.
As chairman of the Senate Appropriations Sub-committee on Public
Safety and Judiciary, Corn said he will push for funding for two
academy classes in the FY 2006 budget lawmakers write this year.
Cost of the two academies would be approximately $4.5 million. That
pays for the training and equipping two classes of 50 cadets each,
along with their salaries throughout the five-month academy and
three months of field training, Corn explained.
It takes several months for OHP to prepare for an academy and so
it’s essential that lawmakers commit now to funding two academies
in FY 2006 to ensure that new troopers will be ready to replace
those who are planning retirement in the next 18 months, the Senator
“Oklahomans count on OHP Troopers to keep our highways and
interstates safe. They count on the Legislature to make sure OHP
has enough troopers in the field to carryout that mission. We need
to step up to the plate now and fund back-to-back trooper academies
in the next fiscal year,” Corn said.
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