Central Tech Builds New State-of-the-Art Police Training Obstacle Course on Sapulpa Campus


Drive west on Mary Lynn Drive from Main Street, one block south of the Central Tech campus in Sapulpa, and you might be surprised to spot a state-of-the-art obstacle course recently installed by the career technology school.

Central Tech owns property along Mary Lynn, including houses and the large side yard where the fenced obstacle course is located.

Deputy Director Mike Baugus explained that the institution has been thinking about what to do with this empty space over the past two years and that Director Dr Kim Howard has created an advisory committee made up of force officers. state and local order to develop a plan. for its best use.

The conclusion was to create a truly remarkable asset for the school’s criminal justice program, which is unique in the region. Not only is it the only criminal justice program at a state vocational school of technology, but no local law enforcement agency, including the Sapulpa and Tulsa Police Departments and Sheriff’s Offices. from Creek and Tulsa County, did something like that. In fact, several of these and other neighboring entities have already requested to use the course to train their LEOs in the coming months.

Arizona-based company Adventure Fitness, known for their sophisticated and grueling courses, like those used to qualify for the famous American Ninja Warrior Challenge, designed and built the formidable course in around 7 days with a 3-man crew, finishing in the beginning of September.

Baugus says the advisory board has exercised due diligence in auditing companies, including performing background and reference checks. They were impressed with what they learned about “Adv.Fit” as it is called, and felt comfortable entrusting the safety of their students to its well-built and well-built equipment.

Criminal justice instructor Ryan Dunn, who is in his 4th year at Central Tech and has decades of military and law enforcement experience under his belt, said his students use the course to varying degrees about three times a week since its construction. .

The course features a snake-like crossing, as its obstacles weave a winding path from start to finish. Dunn notes that one of the more difficult aspects of the program is how close the features are to each other.

“Not having the chance to see your heart rate drop or think about how to get through the next one, it really tests that endurance and agility. If you are racing against the clock or against another person, it really forces you to think quickly. There are both physical and mental benefits to an obstacle course designed like this, ”explains the instructor.

Of the many obstacles included in the course, the dummy drag, balance beam, agility tires, over-under-through, cross wall, swing and 12 foot wall are just a few. ones that exist to challenge the participants.

When asked if a good grade depends on the successful completion of the course, Dunn emphasizes that there is “no pass or fail” when it comes to the obstacle course, rather it is part of the building’s dynamic. class team.

In fact, it is rare for the course to be completed from start to finish in a single attempt – more often than not, students “master each obstacle as it goes” and the individual parts are used as learning tools and as tools. way to “foster a team environment.” It’s not just about competing … the way it’s designed, it’s impossible to finish [all or part of the course] without working together.

That being said, Dunn says he has several students who could complete the entire course, and that he did it himself. “It was very hard,” he says.

The course should have a lifespan of around 10 years, but if properly maintained and properly protected from the elements, it could last up to 20 years before needing to be replaced.

The house attached to the course has yet to be used, but Baugus and Dunn say when the class reaches this part of their instruction, it will be used quite often, for domestic violence training, crime scene investigations and the practice of arrest warrants, among others. exercises.

Central Tech’s criminal justice program currently has 32 students, most of whom are in high school. Dunn said that after completing the 2-year program, graduates find themselves in “a variety of places,” but since most of them are still too young to become police officers or sheriff’s deputies, many find positions in county jails or as dispatchers, and many more go to college or the military.

Perhaps one of the most important services Dunn provides to his students is to “hold them accountable” during their time with him. “One of the things we do when they come to see me for the first time is explain why they are in this class” so that they have a realistic idea of ​​“the next step”, says- he. In addition, the school engages several public entities and law enforcement agencies each year to demonstrate what a career in criminal justice really entails.

Dunn says his program would love to partner with any local law enforcement agency to train on the obstacle course, and that any ROTC organizations or team building groups are also welcome to attend. ‘to try.

For more information, please contact Central Tech’s Sapulpa campus at 918-224-9300.

Photos by EB Thompson


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