The Oklahoma Regional Community Policing Institute
The Oklahoma Regional Community Policing Institute is a partnership of organizations dedicated to advancing the practice of law enforcement through real world application and institutionalization of the community policing concept. The ORCPI envisions community policing as a philosophy that promotes and supports organizational strategies to address the causes and reduce the fear of crime and social disorder through problem-solving tactics and community-police partnerships.
The Oklahoma Regional Community Policing Institute's mission is to enable all community members, law enforcement, government officials, community leaders and merchants, educational professionals and students, to see themselves as stakeholders in building a safer Oklahoma. The community policing philosophy encourages a broader understanding between citizens and law enforcement, and focuses on a shared responsibility in preventing crime and making neighborhoods safer.
Established in September 1997 as a part of the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office initiative to form regional institutes, the primary mission of this institute is to instill the community policing philosophy in law enforcement training and to generate interest among community leaders across the nation in an effort to make neighborhoods safer and reduce the fear of crime among citizens.
Education & Training
The Institute provides education and training workshops for law enforcement and citizens concerned with the prevention of crime and violence in their neighborhoods throughout the entire state of Oklahoma, and. Since its formation in 1997, the Institute has trained nearly 54,000 persons by conducting more than 1,200 classes, workshops, and conferences. In addition, more than 150 communities are currently taking advantage of on-site technical assistance services and/or other Institute programs. It is estimated that over 4 million people have been indirectly affected by ORCPI programs.
The Institute's responsiveness and flexibility have earned respect for the program, and professional rewards for the partners who lend their resources to its goals. Feedback from participants has been outstanding, and state leaders have expressed confidence that Oklahoma will become a national leader in community policing philosophy and training.