Beginning a Career as an Oklahoma Police Officer

To get a feel for the basic application process that most Oklahoma cities follow, read the information on the landing page on this website. The first step would be applying with a specific police precinct. Following this is some testing as well as interviews that an applicant needs to pass before he or she may even be looked at for hire. One of the tests that Oklahoma requires is an Academy Aptitude Test. It can be compared to a basic skills test, testing the reading, math, writing and comprehension skills of an applicant.

Requirements to Become an Oklahoma Police Officer

Oklahoma’s requirements can be drastically different based on the city in which you are looking to apply. For instance, Tulsa requires applicants to have completed a bachelor’s degree, whereas many other cities simply require that you be a high school graduate or GED holder. Check with the police department in the city you wish to apply so that you can learn the differences in requirements.

Police Officer Jobs in Oklahoma – Salary Overview

The average Oklahoma law officer salary is 36,000, which is slightly smaller than the United State’s average. This has to do with many areas of Oklahoma being rural. Police officers in the larger cities make more than those in less populated areas of Oklahoma. Your salary can always grow depending on your past experience, level of education and rank in the force. For example, individuals who have achieved a rank such as detective, or those who work as criminal investigators in Oklahoma, have a mean salary of 52,000 a year.

Oklahoma Law Enforcement College Degree Programs

Some cities in Oklahoma require applying candidates for police officer positions to have obtained a bachelor’s degree. Although a law enforcement related degree is not required, it may help give an edge over other candidates. The following listing includes the names of schools in Oklahoma with programs of interest to those seeking law enforcement careers. This is an incomplete list, so check with local colleges to see what they have to offer relating to law enforcement.

  • Bacone College

2299 Old Bacone Road, Muskogee, OK 74403


  • Caddo Kiowa Technology Center

1415 7th Street, Fort Cobb, OK 73038


  • Cameron University

2800 W Gore Blvd., Lawton, OK 73505


  • Central Technology Center

3 Ct Cir, Drumright, OK 74030


  • East Central University

830 East Main Street, #120, Ada, OK 74820


  • Eastern Oklahoma State College

1301 W Main Street, Wilburton, OK 74578


  • Langston University

102 Page Hall, Langston, OK 73050


  • Metro Technology Centers

1900 Springlake Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73111


  • Murray State College

1 Murray Campus Street, Tishomingo, OK 73460


  • Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College

200 1 Street NE, Miami, OK 74354


  • Northeastern State University

600 N Grand Avenue, Tahlequah, OK 74464


  • Northwestern Oklahoma State University

709 Oklahoma Blvd., Alva, OK 73717


  • Oklahoma City University

2501 N Blackwelder Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73106


  • Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences

1111 W 17th Street, Tulsa, OK 74107


  • Redlands Community College

1300 S Country Club Road, El Reno, OK 73036


  • Rogers State University

1701 W Will Rogers Blvd., Claremore, OK 74017


  • Rose State College

6420 SE 15th Street, Midwest City, OK 73110


  • Southeastern Oklahoma State University

1405 North 4th, Durant, OK 74701


  • Southern Nazarene University

6729 NW 39th Expy., Bethany, OK 73008


  • Southwestern Oklahoma State University

100 Campus Drive, Weatherford, OK 73096


  • St. Gregory’s University

1900 W MacArthur Street, Shawnee, OK 74804


  • Tulsa Community College

909 South Boston Ave, Tulsa, OK 74119


  • University of Central Oklahoma

100 N University Drive, Edmond, OK 73034


  • Western Oklahoma State College

2801 N Main Street, Altus, OK 73521