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This week on “Oklahoma Horizon,” we examine modern policing – law enforcement for the 21st century.
Oklahoma Horizon TV Show 1713

Oklahoma Horizon TV Show 1713

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Show 1713: Oklahoma Horizon TV
Air Date: March 26, 2017



Rob McClendon: Here’s what’s coming up on your “Horizon.”

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Griffith: We don’t even have any balloons.

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Rob: Well, a lot has changed since the overly idealized days of Mayberry RFD. Police are now on our domestic frontlines, facing increasingly dangerous challenges in this era of technology, information and terrorism.

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Rob: Today, we will begin our show with the Boston police commissioner who saw firsthand how domestic terrorism has changed law enforcement.

Edward Davis: This requires a hybrid, very intelligent people that can do on the one hand the preventive work that needs to be done and identify problems and help people, but on the other hand be ready at a moment’s notice to spring into action.

Rob: Not all crime happens on the street. Online hackers are a growing threat, and we will look at an effort to fight cybercrime.

Nick Gaunt: We started this in 2009 with eight teams of high school kids in Florida. This past season we registered 3,379 teams.

Rob: Our Blane Singletary takes us to two different classrooms preparing those who may be the future of law enforcement.

Rob: Stay with us for “Oklahoma Horizon.”

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Rob McClendon: Hello, everyone. Thanks for joining us here on “Horizon.” I’m Rob McClendon. “To serve and protect” is a phrase made famous by the Los Angeles Police Department and adopted in various forms by law enforcement agencies across the U.S. And while the phrase has not changed, how our country’s police serve and protect has. America’s involvement in the war on terror has resulted in a dramatic shift in our nation’s attitudes and concerns about safety. Random mass shootings have become so commonplace they no longer shock us -- and police officers themselves now targets of attack. Yet there are those who still put their life on the line every time they put their uniform on and strap on a weapon. Today, our focus is on how policing is changing, and no one knows that more than our first guest.

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Rob: Portrayed by John Goodman in the feature film “Patriots Day,” Ed Davis is a former police commissioner who was on the forefront of the emergency response and the subsequent arrests of the terrorists during the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Now Davis is currently the president and CEO of the business strategy and security agency Edward Davis and was the guest speaker at the Larry Adair Lectureship Series at Northeastern State University, which is where our Austin Moore was able to talk to him.

Austin Moore: Mr. Davis, you’ve had a long career in law enforcement. How has terrorism in particular changed law enforcement in the United States?

Edward Davis: Terrorism has changed law enforcement in good ways and in bad ways. Before 9/11, we had a big push in the United States to move towards community policing, which is a form of policing that’s more preventive in nature, doesn’t concentrate solely on law enforcement, but talks about getting out of the police car and talking to people and getting to know them. And then 9/11 hit, and then all of a sudden we were faced with a military challenge. We were faced with a challenge that police would have to be prepared for what amounted to acts of war occurring domestically. And we had to equip the officers with special equipment, trucks and guns and things that they could beat that threat with. But at the same time we asked them to be preventive and open to the community. And it takes a special person to do both of those jobs well. There’s no question, a lot of criminals are gravitating towards the internet to steal money and to enrich themselves. And you know the people left are the ones that aren’t sophisticated enough, the bank robbers and the people doing armed robberies and things. It’s much easier and quite frankly a lot less dangerous to steal money through fraud on the internet and other methods. So we have to become better equipped to deal with those complex issues of crime online, but also be aware that there is still a threat day-to-day in the street, and the old-fashioned, you know, drug dealers and armed robberies are still there. So the job has gotten much more complex with the advent of technology. The other side of it, of course, is that we can do more outreach to people. And by crowdsourcing and asking people for help over the internet, that made all the difference in the investigations of the marathon. And it plays out every day in cities across the country.

Austin: Give us that example of the Boston marathon, and just how did that ability help you?

Davis: Well, in the marathon, we made a decision after collaboration with our federal partners to go to the internet and to ask people for any video or still photos that they took of the marathon. And we expected to get maybe hundreds, maybe a thousand, submissions. In the first 24 hours we got 12,500 submissions. It was so intense that it crashed all of the computers that we had. So we were onto something, this desire of the public to help in a situation like this. This sort of, you know, engaging the community in the pursuit of these bad guys who were actually still planning to kill more people. And if it wasn’t for the help we got from the community, they would have been successful in another attack.

Austin: So as we look to the next 10, 15 years, we have a lot of folks retiring, we’re looking to find people to fill those gaps. Where do you find that skill set in a young student and someone who is interested in law enforcement that can handle the technology but also has that community outreach ability?

Davis: Right. So we need people coming into the business that are flexible enough to do the outreach and the preventive work that we require of the community policing so that people in the community know that the officers work for them and that they can get a service from the officers, not simply the recording of a crime report. The officers can play a vital role in making communities safe and viable places to live and enjoy yourself.

Austin: What do you say to recruit that student, to tell them this is the job to do, this is where you’re going to be rewarded to be in this career?

Davis: Don’t get caught up in one mentality. Don’t think about policing as a military operation. But also don’t think about it as social work. This requires a hybrid, very intelligent people that can do on the one hand the preventive work that needs to be done and identify problems and help people, but on the other hand be ready in a moment’s notice to spring into action when the community calls for it.

Rob McClendon: Well, Boston certainly isn’t alone in knowing the sting of domestic terrorism. It’s now been over 20 years, but Oklahomans still feel the lingering pain of the Murrah Federal Building bombing in downtown Oklahoma City. I had the opportunity to sit down with some friends.

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Rob: Whose lives were forever changed on April 19, 1995, and I believe their story will inspire you. To see them just head over to and look for that story under this week’s value added section. Now, when we return, training day for some future police recruits.

Female Announcer: You are watching “Oklahoma Horizon” with Rob McClendon – weekly insight into your changing world.

Rob McClendon: Well, a desire to help those in need is something most police officers share. Police work can often be just as much about community relations as it is law enforcement. That is why the Oklahoma City police department has invested both time and money into the Metro Tech pre-law enforcement program. And our Blane Singletary was there for training day.

Blane Singletary: The mile and a half run has just begun at the Oklahoma County Sheriff Office’s Physical Fitness Challenge. These young cadets have come to hone their skills and engage in some healthy competition.

Johnnie Loudermilk: The students were wondering why they were always working out, and we were encouraging them to continue working out.

Blane: That’s Johnnie Loudermilk, an instructor at Francis Tuttle Technology Center. He helped start the fitness challenge several years ago and says physical fitness is important because that’s what agencies will be looking for when it comes time for these cadets to apply.

Loudermilk: So we found that it not only motivated them to work out, but it also gave us an opportunity to mix law enforcement with our cadet classes to improve the education that we’re providing for these students.

Blane: These cadets have to be at the top of their game, physically, mentally and so much more. And yet these teens and young adults have chosen to commit themselves to this difficult profession.

Andrea Wood: Ever since I’ve been a little girl, I’ve always wanted to be a police officer. I’m fascinated with the idea of serving and protecting in whatever way I can. And it’s a great opportunity.

Blane: Andrea Wood is a newly minted graduate from Metro Tech’s pre-law enforcement program. We spoke to her in her senior year.

Wood: My hope is to go to college, get a degree and then come back and apply for Oklahoma City.

Blane: And every one of these cadets, from 12 different programs at tech centers across the state, has a different reason for stepping up to the challenge. Amanda Eastridge is the head instructor for the program at Metro Tech.

Amanda Eastridge: They want to change their own life. They want to do something different. They want to be a part of something like law enforcement that’s a brotherhood. And the more they get involved in it, the more they go back to their home high school, and they talk with all kinds of enthusiasm. And it just pays itself forward.

Blane: Eastridge, a longtime member of law enforcement herself, says the program at Metro Tech is especially important for this reason. Many inner city police departments around the country don’t have much inner city representation. And Metro Tech, located in northwest Oklahoma City, serves many students who live in this poorer, inner city area.

Eastridge: A lot of them come from really rough neighborhoods; they come from neighborhoods where it’s easier to do the wrong thing than it is to the right thing. And there is the drive in them. I think it is inherent in who they are, and it’s a matter of connecting them with the right way and the right path and the right people to gain that success.

Blane: And in a short time, this program has seen rapid growth. So much so that late last year, Metro Tech unveiled their new pre-law training facility.

Tomas Daugherty: The program has expanded so we had to do the same.

Blane: Sgt. Tomas Daugherty of the Oklahoma City Police department is embedded in their class.

Daugherty: We had a lot of interested young adults to take part in this. So we see the need and recognized the need for a bigger space was absolutely needed. And as you can see, this place is phenomenal.

Blane: With extended seating, a robust area for physical training and a simulated firing range, these young cadets will have great opportunities to become the next generation of law enforcement, something that Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty has taken notice of.

Bill Citty: This inspires me. To see the strength of some of these kids to want to commit to this program in spite of the pressures in many ways not to.

Blane: Aside from the strenuous physical training and discipline, that is the other big mountain these cadets have to climb. Communication, interview skills and connecting with the community are key pillars of this program.

Eastridge: I would say about 95 percent of police work is relationships and communication. Part of connecting them with the community is that they’re a direct reflection. They’re raised in that kind of chaos. And so they’re able to relate directly with the community more so than somebody who isn’t.

Blane: And in turn the students gain a new perspective about their neighborhood policemen that they can’t get anywhere else. Again, Andrea Wood.

Wood: What I wasn’t really expecting was, I think, after getting to know all the officers, it was just seeing such a human side of them, you know, which is something most of the community doesn’t always get to see. They come in with their uniforms on, all shined up, and you feel that little sinking. But then, like, you know, he’ll just tell you a story about all the outreach programs that they do with the kids. They’re always connecting with the community, and you just see that they’re people.

Blane: And the biggest thing they gain is a community of their own. Over time, these cadets band together and form their own unit. They actively encourage each other to conquer the task at hand.

Wood: After you’ve been on the ground doing pushups with them or running around just motivating each other, you really feel like a family. And it’s a bond that you can’t break.

Blane: And it’s that bond that will carry them through even the toughest challenges law enforcement presents. And Amanda Eastridge says times have never been tougher.

Eastridge: At the end of the day, I’m absolutely proud of each one of these students for making a decision like this when it’s not popular. It’s not any secret that being in law enforcement right now is not a popular choice. So it’s actually helped me grow. I’ve learned more from a group of high school students probably than they’ve ever learned from me.

Blane: It’s true grit that got all of these cadets from all over the state to this point. Sgt. Daugherty says it is that same determination that will continue to push them ahead.

Daugherty: I want them to be successful and good citizens, regardless if they ever get to wear this uniform or not.

Rob McClendon: Now, I was able to sit down with Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty for a wide-ranging conversation about just some of the challenges law enforcement faces. To watch that entire interview, just head to our website and look under our value added section.

Female Announcer: Want to see more stories like this? All our segments are streaming on our YouTube channel at OklahomaHorizonTV.

Rob McClendon: Well, with growing evidence Russians hacked this past presidential election, the role cybersecurity plays in our lives is becoming oh so evident. In 2009, a competition was started to bring together some of the best and the brightest IT students to not only secure computer networks, but to secure our country’s future; that’s why they are known as CyberPatriots.

As we’ve evolved as a nation, we have come to see that technology is a critical part of everything we do. Our infrastructure and everything from day-to-day activities such as smart phones, laptops and computers, everything is growing in the internet. It is a part of our everyday life, and with that connection comes a consequence. We have become vulnerable to cyber attacks. The worldwide loss to cybercrime a year is about $600 billion. We need an innate capability here in the United States where we create a cadre of cyberdefenders. We need to have real true skills, and CyberPatriot provides that menu. The CyberPatriot national youth cyber education program was created by the Air Force Association in 2009 to attract students to careers and academic opportunities in cybersecurity and other STEM fields. At the core of the program is its annual national youth cyberdefense competition that challenges teams of middle school and high school students to strengthen and defend simulated computer networks. Due in large part to the support of presenting sponsor the Northrop Grumman Foundation, the CyberPatriot competition field has grown nearly 40 percent each year, with more than 3,300 teams from across the United States, Canada and DoD dependent schools abroad registered to compete in CyberPatriot VIII. We started this in 2009 with eight teams of high school kids in Florida. This past season we registered 3,379 teams. The program has grown explosively, and we’re proud of that. We signed up as the presenting sponsor in March of 2010. And when Air Force Association approached us, the timing could not have been better. We really began the whole momentum of making this accessible to high school students everywhere. Through training materials and practice rounds offered by CyberPatriot and with the help of local volunteer mentors, competitors learn to defend a variety of operating systems and platforms from cyberattacks throughout the competition season. CyberPatriot teams are divided into the open division, all service division and middle school division based on their organization type. The teams compete within their divisions in several online qualifying rounds which challenge them to find and to fix cybersecurity vulnerabilities in a variety of simulated networks. After these rounds, the top 28 teams travel, all expenses paid to the national finals competition in Baltimore, Maryland, where they battle it out for their division’s national championship title and for academic scholarships donated by Northrop Grumman Corporation for pursuing the exciting field of cybersecurity. We’re not hackers, but we’re really defenders, and it’s really fun. Cybersecurity is so cool because it’s a very hands-on activity and it’s different every single time. It’s really cool to meet other people who are interested in the same things, who have worked on the same things and put in just as much effort as you have to get to this competition. Our children are born into a digital life. Having that awareness of security and maybe even some basic skills in being secure is invaluable. All of our kids are behind computers every day. This gives an outlet for that creative heart that’s technology driven. The CyberPatriot VIII national finalist teams travel to compete live by undertaking various networking security and forensics challenges that expose competitors to various elements of cybersecurity. In addition the program emphasizes online safety and requires participants pledge to act responsibly and ethically in the cybersphere.

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Rob: The CyberPatriot National Finals Competition will be held next week in Baltimore. And for the third year straight, a team from Central Tech in Drumright is one of just 12 teams from across the country to qualify. So we had our Blane Singletary see how they are preparing.

Blane Singletary: From your smartphone to your computer to game consoles and beyond, digital technology has made our lives more convenient than ever. But it’s also made our lives a target-rich environment for hackers.

Nick Gaunt: You hear about cyberattacks almost daily in the news.

Blane: That’s Nick Gaunt, network security administration instructor at Central Tech in Drumright.

Gaunt: Whether it’s a breach of a database with lots of information being leaked out, whether it’s political and somebody’s emails are being leaked out, there’s a lot of value in data these days, so there’s a lot of crime that involves taking that data.

Blane: Cyberattacks are relatively easy and inexpensive to attempt, but defending against them is an ongoing and at times costly challenge. That’s where this team of CyberPatriots come in.

Corbin Allen: Right now we’re setting up a digital forensics lab to help us prepare for a forensics competition at nationals.

Blane: Corbin Allen is team captain of Central Tech’s CyberPatriot team. Out of over 4,400 teams in their division, they’re one of only 12 that will be heading to Baltimore for the national competition. And while it may look like they’re hacking away at their machines, don’t call them hackers.

Allen: I do know hacking skills, but I would not consider myself a mainstream hacker. More of a cyberprotector is a term I like to go by.

Blane: This competition puts them through the same situations they’d have to face if they were working for a network security firm. Setting up a network, identifying potential security weaknesses and of course defending them from an onslaught of threats.

Gaunt: We have students entering the program at all levels from very basic to very advanced and, but even with the most advanced students we still have lots to teach them that they did not know and lots of opportunity to grow.

Blane: Some of these students, like senior Colton Monk, knew next to nothing in this field when they first stepped through this door.

Colton Monk: I knew absolutely nothing about, like, computers or Linux or anything really. So it took a whole lot of paying attention, making sure that I was actually absorbing what Mr. Gaunt and all the second-years were teaching me.

Blane: And now, as a second-year himself, he’s passing on that knowledge to a new batch of budding IT experts, but he says there’s always something more to learn.

Monk: Really, that’s really what it takes for a CyberPatriot is to make sure you don’t get to that point where, “Oh yeah, I know everything I don’t need to work on anything else,” because there’s always something. Really if you get to the point where you can confidently say, “Yeah, I’m the smartest kid in the room,” you’re proving to everybody you’re really not.

Blane: No matter how well they prepare, these teams only really know how to defend against the kinds of attacks they’ve already observed. Who knows what the opposing force, made up of the best and brightest security experts behind today’s tech giants, will throw at them on competition day?

Monk: And they’re just gonna be actively, you know, poking and prodding and, like, putting holes in our ship, pretty much. And if they throw something new at us we gotta be on top of that, too.

Blane: The constantly changing, evolving landscape of cybersecurity is a challenging subject to teach, and it’s one that coach Gaunt keeps an open mind in approaching.

Gaunt: You really have to spend a lot of time teaching students how to teach themselves, how to research new things, that by the time you’ve spent two years training a student in a program, that possibly some of the things you’ve trained them on has become obsolete and there are new things that have replaced it. So they need to be able to continue to study on their own to be able to face problems they’ve never faced before, but be able to research and overcome it.

Blane: This competition shows these teens what the cyberdefense field is all about, and as they decide what they want to do beyond high school, they could potentially land a big internship with the likes of defense contractor Northrop Grumman.

Allen: Oh that would be awesome, like, having an internship with the Grumman Foundation. They have some really cool toys at their places.

Monk: Oh, you bet I would absolutely grab that with both hands and never let go.

Blane: And as our everyday lives continue to go more and more high tech, the need for more cyberdefenders like these will continue to grow.

Gaunt: The need for cybersecurity experts is outgrowing the pace of people being educated to go into the workforce. It doesn’t just stop with computers and servers; it’s cars and planes. The field just keeps growing, and what’s vulnerable and the need for people to be able to secure those is just growing exponentially.

Rob McClendon: Well, cybersecurity is not just national security. It impacts banking, commerce, manufacturing, defense and other industries who critically rely on computer networks. So this is decidedly an economic issue as well, and Blane tells us, with more than 27 million ID theft cases in the last five years, cybersecurity careers are not only in high demand, they also pay about $12,000 more a year than other IT jobs.

Rob McClendon: Oklahoma has long provided food, fuel and fiber for the world. Next time on “Oklahoma Horizon,” we will meet four individuals honored by the governor for their lifelong contributions to Oklahoma agriculture.

Anna Belle Wiedemann: Agriculture means a fun job. I’ve had a great journey because I’ve liked everything I’ve done with agriculture.

Rob: Oklahoma’s Ag Hall of Fame on Oklahoma’s show for the heartland, “Oklahoma Horizon.”

Rob McClendon: Well, that is going to wrap us up for this broadcast edition of “Horizon,” but you can still find us online at I’m Rob McClendon. Thanks for watching. Hope to see you back here next week.

Female Announcer: “Oklahoma Horizon” is made possible by the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, with addition support from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.