EDMOND — Edmond Police Department held its first basic police academy, graduating nine new officers in December.
The 20-week academy was designed and conducted by Edmond officers.
Police Chief Bob Ricks told the officers at graduation, "You are the future of the Edmond Police Department. You are the very first. We have very few firsts. It is like giving birth to a new baby.”
They are part of a police force of 113 sworn officers and 30 civilian employees. Police headquarters is at 23 E First in downtown Edmond.
Officers have been teaching a civilian motorcycle survival course since 2002. In March, the department received a state-of-the-art mobile classroom thanks to a $150,000 federal grant through the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office.
The new 32-foot trailer will allow the Edmond officers to take their motorcycle course across the state.
One of the top draws for people to live in Edmond is the low crime rate, according to numbers released by the FBI.
In 2009, there were 95 reports of violent crimes, which include homicides, rape, robbery and felonious assaults.