Shawnee Police Department and Gordon Cooper Technology Center were honored as Partners in Progress during a ceremony at the state Capitol Tuesday morning.
Guest speakers included Speaker of the House T.W. Shannon, Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman, and Lt. Governor Todd Lamb.
Businesses and organizations across the state that partner with area technology centers are honored each year by the Oklahoma Association of Technology Centers. Shawnee Police Department and Gordon Cooper Technology Center enjoy a strong working partnership that benefits both organizations.
Shawnee Police Department provides training at Gordon Cooper Technology Center for local officers and officers across the state. The presence of officers in uniform and marked cars on campus is a security benefit for Gordon Cooper Technology Center.
“Through this partnership we have created a hub of law enforcement training for this region,” Shawnee Police Chief Russell Frantz said.
Shawnee Police Department’s law enforcement training center at GCTC features an emergency driving simulator and a use of force simulator. The interactive video systems run various scenarios used to train officers to react faster and better under pressure.
Additionally, Shawnee Police Department conducts a variety of training classes including self-defense, taser use, search warrant and affidavit writing, firearms maintenance, and supervisor liability.
Last summer, Shawnee Police Department and state law enforcement agencies used the GCTC campus as an assembly point and base of operations for a countywide raid on various methamphetamine operations. One hundred officers made 45 arrests and brought suspects back to the base at GCTC for interrogation and processing. The raid was the largest of its kind in county history.
SPD and Gordon Cooper Technology Center continue to seek innovative ways to enhance regional security training through this partnership, GCTC Superintendent Marty Lewis said.