Lieutenant Wayland Cubit is an Oklahoma native. He is a husband, father, grandfather, career Law Enforcement Professional, motivational speaker, and mentor. He has committed the past 12 years of his career to creating and supporting positive programs that benefit and change the lives of at-risk youth.
Wayland studied 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, Wayland 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, conducting 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 a youth outreach program that focuses on mentorship, building character and empowering at-risk youth, which ultimately helped reduce juvenile delinquency and involvement with the criminal justice system. It was this experience and his positive track record with inner city youth that earned him the title of “Master Mentor”.
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 Board Chair for Youth Leadership Exchange. He also 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.
Wayland is running for Oklahoma County Sheriff because he believes that law enforcement should focus on helping people. He wants Oklahoma County families to remain or become whole, feel safe, and have the opportunity to thrive. Wayland will be a Sheriff that works towards solutions that are bold, ambitious, and creative. We need Wayland Cubit as our Oklahoma County Sheriff.