FAQ’s

Q. Where is the Stillwater Police Department (SPD) located?

A. The Stillwater Police Department is located at 723 South Lewis, in the City of Stillwater.  The entrance is on the southeast corner of 7th and Lewis, directly north of the entrance to the City of Stillwater Municipal Building.

Q. What is SPD's mailing address, and phone/fax numbers?

A. Stillwater Police Department
P.O. Box 1725
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74076
Phone: (405) 372-4171
Fax: (405) 742-8284

Q. How often does the Stillwater Police Department fill open positions?

A. SPD fills openings as they become available.  In the past few years, due to city expansion and agency retirements, the department has been hiring regularly. Please check for current openings at www.stillwater.org/employment.

Q. Does the Stillwater Police Department require me to have a minimum amount of college in order to apply for entry level positions?

A. No- The Stillwater Police Department encourages education, but at this time there is no minimum number of required credit hours. 

Q. How do I go about applying for a position with the Stillwater Police Department and what does the application process consist of?

A. Instructions for the application process for all positions can be located under the “Career Opportunities” link from the home page.

Q.  Do I get paid while I’m in the training process for any position in the Stillwater Police Department?

A. Yes – Employees receive regular hourly rate during the entire training program for any position, this includes any overtime which is accrued as part of the training process.

Q. How long is the training program for a police officer and what does it include?

A. From the first day of employment the training program for a police officer is a little over 9 months long before the individual acts a solo police officer.  The training consists of:

****Note: The Oklahoma Basic Police Academy is Tuesday – Friday and you are able to go home each weekend.

Q. What does C.L.E.E.T. stand for?

A. C.L.E.E.T. is an acronym for Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training.  C.L.E.E.T. is the state organization which governs law enforcement licensing, training and conducts the State of Oklahoma Basic Police Academy which is located in Ada, Oklahoma.

Q. How long is the training program for a Communication Specialist (Dispatcher)?

A.  The training process is approximately six (6) months from the start date until working as a solo Communication Specialist. 

Q. What does the training consist of for a Communication Specialist and where is the training conducted?

A. Communications Recruits receive extensive training on the operation of the department’s computer aided dispatch, records management, Enhanced 911 and the State of Oklahoma Law Enforcement Teletype computer systems. All recruits receive a 54 hour Basic Telecommunications Certification and a 24 hour Fire Telecommunications Certification.  This training will be conducted at the Stillwater Police Department.  Upon completing six weeks of in-house classroom training , each recruit spends a minimum of six weeks on each of the three shifts with three different trainers for intense on the job training where they learn every aspect of the position.  Dispatchers continue to receive continuing education and training throughout their careers in order to sharpen their existing skills and to learn about new techniques and technologies as they evolve. 

Q. How long is the training program for a Detention Officer?

A. The training program for Detention Officers is 8-10 weeks from the start date until working as a solo Detention Officer. 

Q. What does the training consist of for a Detention Officer and where is the training conducted?

A. Detention Officer training covers a variety of topics relating to working in a Detention Facility.  This training is similar to the training received by a police officer with an emphasis on jail procedures, report writing, custody and control, prisoner searches, suicide prevention, and CPR/First Aid.  The training is conducted at the Stillwater Police Department.

Q. How long do I have to be a police officer in order to apply for a specialty position (i.e. Criminal Investigations, K-9, SOT, etc)?

A. In order to apply for a specialty assignment an officer must be off probation.  The probationary period for a police officer is 18 months from the fist day of employment provided the officer is not subject to extension for disciplinary reasons.

Q. Does the Stillwater Police Department conduct a ride-along program?

A. Yes – The Stillwater Police Department does conduct a ride-a-long program from citizens interested in applying for a position as a police officer for the Stillwater Police Department. Additionally, we allow civic organizations which are approved by the Chief of Police to ride with officers. If you are interested in a ride-a-long, please contact the Training Unit at (405) 742-8305.

Q. Does the Stillwater Police Department have a volunteer or Reserve Officer Program?

A. No – The Stillwater Police Department does not operate a citizen volunteer or Reserve Officer Program.  Although there are a limited number of Reserve Police Officers working for the SPD.  These include medical personnel who are part of our department’s tactical team, a department chaplain, and a department psychologist. 

Q. Does the Stillwater Police Department operate a Youth Explorer Post?

A. No – The Stillwater Police Department does not have an explorer program.

Q. Are Stillwater Police Officers allowed to work off-duty security assignments?

A. Yes – Stillwater Police Officers are allowed to work off-duty security assignments, provided the assignments are arranged through the department.  If you are interested in hiring an off-duty police officer, please contact the Services Bureau Captain at (405) 742-8287.  ****POLICE OFFICERS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO WORK AT ANY ESTABLISHMENT THAT SERVES ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES IN THE OFF-DUTY CAPACITY.

Q. Does the Stillwater Police Department conduct public appearances and how do I schedule a public appearance?

A. Yes – The Stillwater Police Department has a variety of informative public programs.  To learn more about what programs are available and to schedule a public appearance, please contact the SPD Training Unit at (405) 742-8323.