The Oklahoma senate has unanimously approved a bill that allows the Council on Law Enforcement and Training (CLEET) to create a law enforcement curriculum for high school students.
The bill’s summary states “SB 784 authorizes the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) to develop a state wide law enforcement and public safety youth program designed for high school students.”
The Law and Constitution reported on the bill’s progress, which, according to its author, is intended to give high schoolers a “glimpse” into careers in the law enforcement field.
According to a press release, Metro Technology Centers, a public career and technology education center in Oklahoma City that provides full-time courses for adults and high school students, requested such a bill to further expand career opportunities for Oklahoma youth.
The author of the bill, Sen. David Bullard, spoke about the negativity surrounding the law enforcement profession over the last year, and how there needs to be more positivity in the space, especially for young people who are considering a career in the field.
“With all the negativity nationally surrounding our courageous law enforcement officers, I think it’s important to show students, who might have an interest in this field, that this is an honorable and worthy career to pursue. This program will give them some insight into what all is involved when one puts on the uniform and badge,” Bullard said.
The bill will now move to the Oklahoma House of Representatives for consideration.