OTA to Contribute $5 Million for Highway Patrol Trooper Academy

Tulsa World reports, “The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority has agreed to pay $5 million so the Oklahoma Highway Patrol can conduct a 2018 trooper academy, officials announced [on May 25]. Oklahoma Department of Public Safety Commissioner Michael C. Thompson lauded the Turnpike Authority for stepping in to fund the program to train new troopers at a time when there is not enough money in the state budget to pay for an academy.”