It was a simple but well thought out stroke of brilliance for Ada Jobs Foundation to invite state legislators to tour Ada’s newly opened Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) facility earlier this month.

CLEET, you probably already know, trains most of the Sooner State’s crime fighting keepers of the peace. Ada was in competition with about three dozen other Oklahoma communities that fought for the chance to have the facility built in their areas. Ada got it and all was going according to plan until a few weeks before the first trainees were to arrive.

Legislators at the occasion admitted that many times they apportion money for some state project and then never have the opportunity to see what their legislation (and your tax dollars) have wrought.

That this is the case unquestionably had a lot to do with the incredible fact that, after investing $26 million in constructing the CLEET facility, legislators balked at furnishing its 120,000 or so square feet just before it was set to begin training its first class of officers.

Ken Johnson, this year’s Ada Jobs Foundation board chairman said, “Our intention in bringing the legislators to the CLEET facility was to give them a clear understanding of the concerns we have in operating the new larger facility to the best and maximum possible.”

Officials in attendance were properly impressed with all that the agency now has to offer, what a gem of a training operation it has, and the professionalism apparent in instructors responsible for training those whose responsibility it is to protect us.

State Sen. Mike Morgan said what sponsors of the event most hoped to hear. “(CLEET),” he said, “is the culmination of a lot of work and we are committed to making sure we fully fund and support law enforcement.”

State Representative Danny Morgan said, ”Nothing is more important than public safety. It is our number one challenge and responsibility. We’re onboard and making that commitment to law enforcement and to fire fighters.”

Seeing is believing and now that they’ve seen it, these state legislators understand the scope of CLEET’s mission and more appreciate its funding needs.

And that’s a good thing.