|Updated: 1/19/2012 11:08 pm
||Published: 1/19/2012 10:21 pm
Days after three Bartlesville police officers were fired the city is looking at changes that need to be made.
Stacy Neafus, Sonya Worthington and Carey Duniphin were forced to turn in their badges.
Neafus and Worthington are accused of roughing up a handcuffed man in the hospital last September.
"This was such an anomaly it caught everyone off-guard. We have never had anything even close to this," said BPD Chief Tom Holland.
"We don't have the luxury of losing control," said Holland.
Witnesses say that's exactly what happened, the officers lost control.
Neafus and Worthington are facing charges of misdemeanor assault and battery.
Now Chief Holland is making sure his officers are well trained to handle themselves, requesting more mental health education a year than the state requires.
He also wants to bring in a mental health professional to evaluate the department and help his officers stay focused.
"We get yelled at, cursed, spit on, but we have to maintain,” said the Police Chief. “It comes with the job."
He hopes the additionally training can help police keep their cool when others might lose theirs.
Neafus and Worthington are scheduled to return to court March 14.