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Academy goes behind scenes of police work

BY DIANA BALDWIN Modified: August 6, 2010 at 1:45 pm •  Published: June 2, 2010
EDMOND — Each year, Edmond residents have the chance to get an inside look at Edmond Police Department during the 13-week Citizens Police Academy.

The 27th academy started Feb. 9 and graduated May 4. Classes are free.

"The goal of the Citizens Police Academy is to provide residents with a better understanding about what an Edmond police officer does on a daily basis as well as to provide information about the Edmond Police Department,” said officer Randy Payne.

Crime prevention, use of force, crime scene investigations and high-risk traffic stops are among class topics.

The highlight of the academy is a class where participants see demonstrations by the bomb squad, emergency response team and the K-9 unit. They also are given the opportunity to try their skills on the firing range.

"If you’ve ever wondered what the budget for the police department is or why there may be several patrol cars on a traffic stop, this class is for you,” Payne said.

Graduates have the opportunity to join the Edmond Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association. The group supports the police department with various activities, awards and events throughout the year, Payne said.