Oklahoma Police Officers Step in to Serve as Teachers in Understaffed Classrooms

In an effort to combat the teacher shortage in Oklahoma, police officers have been stepping in to serve as teachers. Many of these officers are not certified teachers, but they are willing to do whatever it takes to help out in their community.

Police Chief Brandon Clabes said that the officers have been "inundated with gratitude" from the students and parents. This is a great example of community members coming together to help solve a problem!

The teacher shortage in Oklahoma is a growing problem. According to the state department of education, there are currently over 1000 teaching vacancies in the state. This number is expected to grow as more teachers retire or move to other states.

Police officers serving as teachers is one of many strategies being implemented, though it is not a long-term solution.

The Oklahoma Police Department is not the only one stepping up to help with the teacher shortage. In Kansas, the police department has been working with local schools to create "police academies" that allow students to earn high school credits while learning about law enforcement. These academies are a great way to get more people interested in careers in law enforcement and cements a positive attitude towards police.

What do you think about officers stepping up to help in the classroom? Let us know in the comments.

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21 comments on “Oklahoma Police Officers Step in to Serve as Teachers in Understaffed Classrooms”

    1. How would firing teachers already absent from classrooms fill the classrooms with teachers? Idiot!

  1. OUR POLICE OFFICERS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY DESERVE A RAISE FOR ALL THE GOOD THEY DO. THEY PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE EVERYDAY THAT THEY STEP OUT OF THEIR HOUSES TO DEFEND THE RIGHTS OF THE PEOPLE. I THANK ALL OF YOU FOR THE WORK YOU DO. OF COURSE I KNOW THE SCUM OUT THERE WILL NOT AGREE WITH ME BECAUSE THEY ARE TO BUSY BURNING, LOOTING, KILLING. AND DON'T WANT POLICE GETTING IN THEIR WAY. OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM NEEDS TO GET REFORMED LOCK UP THE CRIMINALS AND CHARGE THEM WITH A BAIL THAT CANNOT PAY.
    THE SOONER WE CAN GET THIS GOOD FOR NOTHING CRIMINAL BIDEN OUT OF OFFICE THE BETTER.
    GET ALL THE SCUM DEMOCRATS OUT OF OFFICE. PELOSI BEING THE VERY WORST OF THEM.

  2. Kudos to the Men and Women of law enforcement, stepping up to help out, OUTSTANDING! The children may learn a lot too, and maybe this will help to get America back on line with respect for law enforcement, one self, and in life over all. Might be a good time for parents with out job's and receiving assistance to give back to the schools and assist teachers in the class rooms with the children. Time for All Americans to pull together !

  3. Wow, what a good thing for the police to do. I have to give them credit where credit is due. How about the good people of that community step up and help their schools also?

  4. Our officers are some of the FINEST PEOPLE you could ever know !!!!!! Thanks for all that you've done for our state, students and communities, we are EXTREMELY GRATEFUL !!!!

  5. An excellent idea. But why stop with the police? Any profession could do it. How about an accountant teaching math, an athlete teaching phys. ed, etc.

    1. Idaho tried that some years ago. However, the principals often put the state employee on playground , recess duty, instead of the classroom.
      Years of experience was wasted.

  6. All college curricula for teachers should have several law enforcement courses as well as a "hands on" practical exposure seminar. The ideal devoted educator would never at least want to see any student incarcerated. So teachers should attain an intimate appreciation for law and it's enforcement.

    1. One of the problems with many teachers, from college on down, is the teachers and their union! Many teachers are Left Leaning and political, as are their administrators. Students need to be taught about the Founding of our Country and what is in the Constitution, the basis for our "Rule of Law". Students should go to schools to learn, and not be indoctrinated into Socialism on the side. So tired of seeing teachers strike for more benefits and higher wages, while doing less!

      1. Teachers unions fund school board elections and school boards reward teachers with salaries above what a free market would allow. The dues paid go to help elect more school boards that provide higher teacher salaries and so the loop goes!

      2. I totally agree with words you wrote. I also hope democrats will quit trying to destroy our once GREAT USA.

  7. It's good. Some lids need exposure to cops in their lives other than when they are being bad. This is an excellent method to bring lids and cops together.

  8. I have always said it does not take a rocket scientist to be a teacher. You can take an average individual with average intelligence, enroll them in a community college for 6 months, then six months of classroom experience and they can do the same if not better job. So if someone can explain why an individual needs four (4) years of college and $100,000 in debt to be a "FIRST" grade teacher I am all ears.

  9. There are many of us who have taught in other venues, professionally. I for example have taught at a college level everything from elementary algebra to strategic planning. On an emergency basis, we could teach several different classes, but do not have the "teachers college" credentials. These credentials are nothing but trade protection to insure public school teachers unions can extract salaries in excess of what a free market would allow. Unfortunately in public schools teachers are handicapped by so many rules that effective discipline is hard to create a good learning environment!

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