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February 14, 2014

Academies for police, fire departments under way

NORMAN — Norman police and fire departments gave updates on academy classes currently under way during the Public Safety Sales Tax Oversight Committee meeting Thursday.

Deputy Fire Chief Jim Bailey said nearly 200 people applied for the fire academy. After several tests, 22 will be interviewed for 10 positions. Classes will begin in April for those 10 candidates.

Lt. Jamie Shattuck said the police academy graduation has been set for April 10, at which point officers will begin training.

He also announced that Officer Stacey Clement has recently been promoted as the first female supervising officer in the history of the Norman Police Department.

Clement is involved in setting up the Women in Policing Expo set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 22 at Norman North High School. She received the Officer of the Year award last month.

Shattuck said they will kick off their sixth Citizen’s Police Academy on Feb. 24, in which 20 people are scheduled to attend.

The oversight committee discussed many topics previously addressed in earlier meetings, including a transfer of PSST funds into the city’s Rainy Day fund, sharing the cost of a new radio system for the city and school resource officers.

The new tax to be voted on will be further discussed during their meeting next month.

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