CLEET celebrates 50th anniversary

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ADA, OK -- Law enforcement officials from all across Oklahoma came to the K.O. Rayburn Training Center in Ada to celebrate The Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training's 50th anniversary.

Founded in 1963, CLEET trains most of the law enforcement officers in Oklahoma; training that State Senator, Susan Paddack, says is vital to the entire state.

"Our law enforcement officials have very tough jobs and we need to make sure they have the training," Paddack said. "They're the reason we have good public safety, and the reason citizens are safe and go to sleep at night. The training here is very important that our law enforcement officials get all the training they need."

Paddack along with Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor, Todd Lamb, and other dignitaries, were in attendance to celebrate the anniversary and open house Friday.

CLEET Director, Steve Emmons, says officers go through a 15-week course where they learn everything from pursuit driving to investigating and solving different crime scenes.

He says the $26 million facility benefits the officers as well as the communities they serve.

"When they get back to their communities, they're ready to put on the badge and take on the responsibility of a peace officer, and do it right," Emmons said. "That's our goal."

Clinton Police Officer, Curtis Weatherly, is almost finished with training, and says it has prepared him to protect and serve.

"To be on the street and learn stuff, it's kind of fast-paced, whereas here it's training rather than throw you out in the middle of it and everything," Weatherly said. "It's just a good training program."

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