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June 17, 2014

OACP members gather in Norman

NORMAN — The Oklahoma Association Chiefs of Police is hosting its 38th annual training conference in Norman through Wednesday at Embassy Suites Hotel And Conference Center.

Norman McNickle, OACP president, said law enforcement leaders from around the state will gather in Norman to collaborate on emerging criminal justice challenges, review technological advancements in public safety and examine trends in policing.

The conference theme is “Safer Communities Through Stronger Partnership.” Conference attendees can test products and view demonstrations at the expo, which will feature 135-plus companies in six category areas: personal equipment, administration and training, weapons and tactical/protective equipment, forensic/investigation, vehicle accessories and communication/information technology.

“As Oklahoma police leaders, OACP members have a tremendous responsibility to not only manage our police services effectively and efficiently today to our communities but to also ensure we plan to meet the future needs of the communities we serve,” said McNickle, Stillwater Police Department.

Retired Chief Phil Cotton, from the Norman Police Department, is OACP’s executive director.

During the annual OACP conference, the association will recognize police officers who have went above the call of duty to serve their communities.

McNickle said all the officers receiving awards will be recognized at the annual awards banquet at 7 p.m. today at the Norman Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center.

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