Policing the Center
Vol.5 Issue 4
OKCPD group photo in front of CAMI’s LearFan aircraft.

On May 29, 2019, the Aeronautical Center’s Office of Facility Management (AMP) hosted over 45 Oklahoma City Police Department (OKCPD) Officers who are part of the OKCPD Emergency Response Team (ERT). The mission of the ERT is maintaining a capable police response to both natural and man-made disasters, as well as protecting lives and property affected by misfortunate events. Such operations include crowd control, evacuations, incident containment, and support of emergency operations to resolve the situation.

The purpose of the OKCPD’s ERT visit was three-fold. First, OKCPD officers need to become familiar with the location and layout of the Aeronautical Center in case they are ever required to respond to a real-world natural disaster or criminal incident. Second, Officers need to participate in training provided at the MMAC to better understand and execute aircraft safety. Third, and most importantly, the visit helped to develop relationships between Center personnel and OKCPD ERT members. According to OKCPD Captain Clint Teel, “Our coordinated efforts to address civil and criminal incidents will be more successful for everyone involved if we have created trusting relationships prior to the incident occurring.”

AMP provided an overview of the MMAC mission and introduced the officers to the various facilities and security personnel whom they may work with in the future. The officers had an opportunity to watch an informational video about the MMAC and ask AMP questions about security and emergency responses unique to our location.

OKC Police Department receives a briefing in CAMI’s High Bay.
Police learn about egress in the FlexSim.

The officers then teamed up in 25 OKCPD marked vehicles and traveled to the Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI). At CAMI, they were greeted by the Director, Dr. Melchor Antuñano, and his team. The officers toured the High Bay and learned about CAMI’s work to improve the human element in flight.

The group was then given a demonstration of CAMI’s state-of-the-art Flexible Aircraft Cabin Research Facility, (FlexSim) to learn about egress from a smoke filled fuselage. The officers were all very impressed and talked about opportunities to come back and visit CAMI again.

Police visit Hangar 9.
OKCPD learn about Flight Operations.

After visiting CAMI, the Policemen traveled to Hangar 9 where Mr. Joel LaPlante, Aircrew Standards Group (AJF-150), briefed them on the FAA’s Flight Program Operations mission and the aircraft used to support the National Airspace System (NAS). The officers were given an opportunity to board the FAA Beechcraft (BE) 300. Visiting Hangar 9 and seeing its close proximity to the flight line helped them to better understand the layout of the Center.

Police near aircraft in Hangar 9.
OKCPD Captain Clint Teel (left) and Dr. Melchor Antuñano (right).

OKCPD Captain Clint Teel stated, “I want to thank MMAC for the opportunity to allow our officers to visit your facility. I believe it was very beneficial for their familiarization of the property and the information presented was very interesting.” All of the officers were impressed with Aeronautical Center and expressed their gratitude for this opportunity.

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