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"The Tulsa Police Department thanks all those who served and those who continue to serve our great nation. Now, join us for your next phase of service."

Chief Wendell Franklin
Chief of Police
Tulsa Police Department


Do you desire to serve our country, even after completing your military service? Are you searching for a role to positively influence others AND be challenged mentally, physically, and emotionally? Are you seeking the camaraderie of like-minded men and women? If yes, then you are in the right place.



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The Tulsa Police Department deeply values the unique qualities and skills that are intrinsic to military veterans, including:
  • Self-discipline
  • Integrity
  • Honor
  • Duty
  • Teamwork
  • Physical Fitness
  • Leadership
  • Courage
  • Commitment
  • Preference for continual training
  • Desire to serve a greater cause
  • Selflessness
  • Mental & Emotional Resilience
When you read this list, do find yourself identifying as these things? The answer is probably yes, or you wouldn't be here in the first place. If you're ready to talk with one of our recruiters, hit the button below.



At the Tulsa Police Department, we believe in the mission. It is imperative that every officer internalize and embody the true "why we do what we do."

The Tulsa Police Department will apply all knowledge, skills, and available resources by working in partnership with our Community to provide quality service, protect life and property, prevent crime, and resolve problems, so people can live without fear in a safe environment.
I accept the responsibilities of being recognized as a leader of the Tulsa Police Department. As a leader, I pledge to honorably perform my assigned duties while displaying the integrity and the courage:
  • To stand up for what I know is right.
  • To stand up against wrongs in any form.
  • To respect the dignity and rights of every individual.
  • To exercise wisdom and fairness in dealing with all citizens. 
  • To, ultimately, bring honor and pride upon the Tulsa Police Department and myself.
Having been duly appointed a police officer of the City of Tulsa and peace officer of the State of Oklahoma, I do solemnly swear that I will defend, enforce, and obey the Constitution and laws of the United States, the State of Oklahoma, and the Charter and Ordinances of the City of Tulsa.
That I will obey the lawful orders of my superior officers and the regulations of the Tulsa Police Department.
That I will protect the rights, lives, and property of all citizens and uphold the honor of the police profession with my life if need be.
This I solemnly swear.
The Tulsa Police Department will be recognized as the national benchmark in innovative and professional policing. This quality is characterized by:
  • Public trust through partnerships.
  • Uncompromised integrity.
  • Demonstrated excellent.
  • Exceptional personnel.
The Tulsa Police Department is granted authority primarily through state and federal statutes. We work relentlessly to prevent crime and disorder in the City of Tulsa by the use of problem solving, citizen partnership, proactive patrol techniques and a high standard of professional courtesy and ethics.


The Tulsa Police Department strongly values the long-term mental, emotional, and physical fitness of its officers. As such, TPD provides substantial training, techniques, and services to equip officers to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle during and after their careers in law enforcement.
In addition, TPD offers various counseling services for all officers and their family members.
TPD also participates in a valuable Peer-to-Peer program in which specially nominated officers receive ongoing mental health/counseling training to better support fellow officers.

"There are few careers that can meet the unique desires of a United States serviceman. A career with the Tulsa Police Department is one of them. "

Corporal Will Tolliver [Marines, RET]
Recruit Training Supervisor
TPD Training Division


Tulsa Police Recruit Requirements
  • Applicants must be 21-45 years of age.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen and reside in the Tulsa Metropolitan area once hired.
  • Applicants must have completed a Bachelor's degree with a 2.00 grade point average or better at an accredited college. No military hours or credits are accepted unless they are received from or converted through an accredited college.
  • Far Visual Acuity of at least 20/30 in each eye with or without corrective lenses.
  • Peripheral Vision without correction of 140 degrees in the horizontal median in each eye.
  • Ability to distinguish red and green on a standard Ishihara test for color blindness.
  • On average, hearing loss unaided in the better ear not greater than 40db at 500Hz, 1000Hz and 2000 Hz.
  • Applicants may not have been convicted of a felony or a crime of moral turpitude.
  • Applicants may not have used marijuana less than one (1) year prior to application.
  • Applicants may not have used any illicit drugs, nor any prescription drugs not prescribed to them, less than five (5) years prior to application.
TPD offers our military, Reserve and National Guard police officers two additional banks of leave time for training and active duty activation, meaning we offer more leave hours than most departments in the country.
If you're Active or Former Military, Reserve, or National Guard, and meet the minimum requirements, start the application process today.
Do you have what it takes to be the difference in the Tulsa community? See what makes a great Tulsa Police Officer.
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Tulsa Police Department Application Process
If it were easy, everyone would do it. But there is a standard, method, and intent to our process. We will walk you through each step to help you succeed.
Tulsa Police Recruiter Officer Jesse Guardiola


"I've been recruiting for TPD for more than 10 years. I know every in and out of the applicant process. I work with high school kids interested in joining after college; college students nearing completion of their degree; and working professionals. I also work with all Spanish speakers. Call, 918-591-4506, or email me and let's get you pointed in the right direction!"
Tulsa Police Recruiter Officer Randall Armstrong


"As a Tulsa Police Recruiter, I have the opportunity each day to mentor and guide extraordinary candidates through the process of obtaining their dream job. As I learn about your unique experiences and desire to serve the Tulsa community, I will help guide you as well. Please call/text (918-591-4521), or email me with any questions about becoming a Tulsa Police Officer.”
NOTE: Throughout the hiring process, we contact all applicants via email. Add @cityoftulsa.org to your Approved/Safe Sender list to ensure delivery.