Oklahoma City Police Department
The Oklahoma City Police Department (OCPD) is the principal law enforcement agency of the city of Oklahoma City
Oklahoma city
Oklahoma City is the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of Oklahoma.Oklahoma City may also refer to:*Oklahoma City metropolitan area*Downtown Oklahoma City*Uptown Oklahoma City*Oklahoma City bombing*Oklahoma City National Memorial...

, Oklahoma
Oklahoma is a state located in the South Central region of the United States of America. With an estimated 3,751,351 residents as of the 2010 census and a land area of 68,667 square miles , Oklahoma is the 28th most populous and 20th-largest state...

. It is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies
Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies
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 and is the largest municipal law enforcement agency in the state.

The OCPD was officially organized in 1889 after the City of Oklahoma City was incorporated. As of 2006 there were 1,057 commissioned officers and 300 civilians serving in the department.

Organizational structure

The OCPD is organized into a hierarchical structure similar to that of a corporation in a matrix organization. This is represented in that there are division heads with subordinates and an umbrella organization containing the administrative services and a Chief's office which would be synonymous to a corporate board. The Chief of Police reports to the Mayor of Oklahoma City.

Each organization is headed by a Deputy Chief which would be synonymous to a division president, where they all report directly to the Chief (or CEO). Following the corporate model has made the OCPD more efficient yet still able to handle the multitudes of responsibilities of public safety in a big city.

Oklahoma City Police Department
  • Chief's Office - Chief William Citty
    • Administration - Deputy Chief Johnny Kuhlman
    • Investigations - Deputy Chief David Shupe
    • Operations
      • Central - Deputy Chief Ken McDonald
      • Metro - Deputy Chief James Fitzpatrick
        • Patrol Divisions (4)
        • Uniform Support Division

Chief's Office

The Chief's Office is responsible for the complete daily operation of Police Department. The Chief of Police is appointed by the City Manager. Chief
Chief of police
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 William Citty was appointed on October, 2003. The Chief's offices are located at the main police headquarters on the west side of Downtown Oklahoma City
Downtown Oklahoma City
Downtown Oklahoma City is located at the geographic center of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area and is the principal business district of the city. With 115 city blocks and around of office space, downtown Oklahoma City also is the economic, financial, and entertainment center of the city...


The Chief's office oversees the operations of the Special Investigations Division (SID), Emergency Management Coordinator (EMC), Public Information Office, and the Office of Professional Standards.

The Chief's office also has responsibility for Finance and Personnel oversight of the department and provides direction to the Oklahoma City division of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP).

There is also a Police Chaplain's office.


The Administration Bureau is provides numerous administrative functions, including Training and Recruiting, Planning and Research, and Logistics Support. The Administration Bureau is commanded by Deputy Chief Johnny Kuhlman and is also located at police headquarters in downtown OKC.

The Administration Bureau also supervises the 911 emergency communications center.


The Investigations Bureau consists of the bulk of the white collar police jobs in the department. The department investigates various crimes that occur in the city of Oklahoma City. Department organizations includes the Person and Property Crimes Division, Youth and Family Services, and the Laboratory Services (Crime Lab). Laboratory services assist with the collection and examination of evidence, processing of crime scenes, and inmate processing.

The Investigations Bureau is commanded by Deputy Chief David Shupe.


The Operations Bureau provides the bulk of the visible police operations that would be seen by the average citizen. The division is divided into two parts with each having its own Deputy Chief, Central Bureau and Metro Bureau, who oversee the Four patrol divisions and the Uniform Support Division.

The Central Bureau is led by Deputy Chief Ken McDonald
Ken McDonald
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 while the Metro Bureau is commanded by Deputy Chief James Fitzpatrick
James Fitzpatrick
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and such

The four patrol divisions serve the various geographical precincts of Oklahoma City (Hefner-NW, Santa Fe-S, Springlake-NE, Will Rogers-Central) and are each headed by a major. Each of these divisions include uniformed officers that directly serve the citizens of Oklahoma City.

The Uniform Support division is headed by Major Ed Hill and includes specialized units which support the patrol divisions. As with other big-city departments, OCPD detectives are assigned to specialized units, including of the following:
  • Court Liaison
  • Traffic Investigation
  • Hit and Run
  • Tactical Operations - including SWAT
    A SWAT team is an elite tactical unit in various national law enforcement departments. They are trained to perform high-risk operations that fall outside of the abilities of regular officers...

    , gang unit, narcotics, organized crime
  • Bomb Squad
  • Emergency Response

Other Uniform Support divisions include:
  • Air Support - including helicopter patrol and airplane surveillance
  • Will Rogers World Airport
    Will Rogers World Airport
    Will Rogers World Airport , also known as Will Rogers Airport or simply Will Rogers, is located in southwestern Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 6 miles from downtown and is the principal commercial airport of the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area...

  • Bricktown
    Bricktown (Oklahoma City)
    Bricktown is an entertainment district just east of downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma . It was formerly a major warehouse district. The major attractions of the district are the AT&T Bricktown Ballpark, the navigable Bricktown Canal, and the 16-screen Harkins movie theatre...

     and Downtown Patrol
  • Mounted Patrol
  • K9
    Police dog
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  • Beat Patrol (downtown)
  • Bike Patrol
  • Motorcycle Patrol
  • School crossing guards
  • Parking enforcement
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