Lieutenant, Oklahoma City Police Department
Why Not Overcome?
Lieutenant Wayland Cubit is an Oklahoma native. He is a husband, father, grandfather, career Law Enforcement Professional, motivational speaker, and mentor. He is committed the past 10 years of his career to creating and supporting positive programs that benefit and change the lives of at-risk youth. Lt. Cubit’s educational journey has allowed him the opportunity to study Criminal Justice Administration at the University of Oklahoma, Police Science at Oklahoma State University OKC, and Family Studies & Gerontology at Southern Nazarene University.
In 1996, Lt. Cubit started his professional journey in law enforcement as a Patrol Officer. His early experiences as a patrolman inspired his passion to serve youth in at-risk communities in a more personal manner. While embracing his entry-level position, he paid close attention to issues that plagued our low-income communities.
After years in patrol, Lt. Cubit moved from one specialty unit to the next, which afforded him the opportunity to become an undercover police officer and conducted undercover street crime and narcotic investigations. The Chief of Police, recognized his passion for the community and youth and reassigned him to the Criminal Intelligence Unit, where he worked as a gang intervention/prevention specialist.
In 2010, his experience, reputation in the community and support from police administration inspired him to establish the OCPD F.A.C.T. Unit (Family Awareness and Community Teamwork), which is an youth outreach program that focuses on mentorship, building character and empowering at-risk youth, which ultimately reduced juvenile delinquency and involvement with the criminal justice system.
Lt. Cubit volunteers as a facilitator and trainer on Effective Police Interactions with Youth and Disproportionate Minority Contacts, Fair and Impartial Policing, and is a certified instructor in Unconscious Bias. He is a former the Board Chair for Youth Leadership Exchange. He serves on several boards and committees, including the Board of Visitors for the University of Oklahoma AFAM Department, A Chance to Change, The 111 Project, Oklahoma City Black Chamber of Commerce and Odyssey Leadership Academy. He has served as the primary facilitator for many Town Hall meetings and public discussions. He has been a presenter at the Department of Justice and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention on the topic of Juvenile Justice Reform and community engagement. Lt. Cubit was honored to be recognized as the 2015-2016 Volunteer of the Year by the Urban League of Greater OKC for his consistent willingness to share his time, experience and knowledge with the community. Lt. Cubit continually organizes and implements opportunities for at-risk youth to connect with positive caring adults who will help them realize their true authentic God given potential.
When it comes to our youth, Lt. Cubit believes they can all be inspired to be the best version of themselves with great mentorship and leadership. He will continue to dedicate his time and efforts towards implementing more programs that inspire youth to know that the Police Department is not only an institution that confronts crime and criminals, but an institution filled with individuals who wants to see them succeed.