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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Stitt updates executive order, eases training requirements for peace officers

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Gov. Kevin Stitt updated his executive order Saturday, placing a moratorium on out-of-state travel paid for by the state and temporarily easing peace officer and CLEET-certification requirements. 

"The state is working to ensure we continue to do our part in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and provide our agencies with the flexibility they need in order to execute on their essential duties," Stitt said in a press release. 

"These measures will help us ensure our law enforcement agencies have the necessary manpower as we continue to respond to this crisis while also limiting non-essential travel." 

Travel exceptions for state employees have to be approved by the governor. 

Statutory requirements to complete peace-officer training have been relaxed "for the duration of the emergency and for thirty days after the emergency is declared to be over," according to the press release. 

Requirements for county reserve deputies, municipal reserve officers or other reserve peace officers to be CLEET certified have been waived for the same time frame. 

This announcement comes days after Stitt issued a safer-at-home order, which specifically required the elderly and other at-risk groups to stay home except for essential errands, as well as requiring the closure of non-essential businesses in counties with confirmed cases. 

On Saturday, Oklahoma had 377 positive cases of COVID-19, up more than 50 cases from the day before.  

Mayors of Oklahoma City and Tulsa both announced shelter-at-home policies Saturday, as well. 


 


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Kayla Branch covers county government and poverty for The Oklahoman. Branch is a native Oklahoman and graduate of the University of Oklahoma. She joined The Oklahoman staff in April 2019. Read more ›

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