TULSA - The Tulsa Police Department’s Special Operations Team has received an invitation to take part in a competition against elite soldiers and police officers from around the world.
It’s the 11th Annual Warrior Competition in Amman Jordan, which takes place beginning in April.
Only two police agencies in the entire United States have been invited, which makes it a rare opportunity for some local officers.
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Captain Mike Eckert is commander of the Tulsa Police Department’s SOT, he tells KRMG he and his team want to go very badly - but don’t think using taxpayer money to make the trip is appropriate.
So, they’re asking for the community to support them, and give them a chance to represent Tulsa - and the United States - in a competition which features the cream of the crop from across the planet.
“We’re not using any departmental or city money for this trip at all,” Eckert said Wednesday.
He’s estimated that including air fare, meals, uniform and equipment needs, it will take about $35,000 for an eight member team to make the trip.
He wanted to make sure the money gets handled with full transparency, so turned to the TPD Foundation, a non-profit, for help.
“Trying to manage money that’s being donated, it can be a problem,” he told KRMG. “And to have complete transparency and accountability for each dollar, we would rather have a separate entity do that for us, and the TPD Foundation has volunteered to do that.”
That also means the donations will be tax-deductible.
To donate, visit the TPD Foundation website donation page, check the “additional information” box, and type SOT, SWAT, or Warrior Competition so the foundation knows to earmark the money for that particular cause.