EDMOND — Six new cadets started the 19-week journey through Edmond Police Department's third academy with opening ceremonies Monday.
The six cadets were chosen from among 200 applicants.
The class includes the first woman to be enrolled since Edmond started its own basic police training academy in 2009. The department has six other women officers — two captains, two detectives and two officers.
The woman cadet is Torrey Rowe, 26, a former Oklahoma County sheriff's detention officer.
Edmond police decided to start their own academy because they wanted to train their new officers to what they call the “Edmond standard.”
“We keep improving and keep evolving,” Chief Bob Ricks said. “Each academy is not dramatically different. We don't run a high-stress academy.”
The chief said the department has been operating with 10 fewer officers than he is budgeted for because he doesn't want to put people on the street until they are properly trained.
“We need them now,” Ricks said. “But we want them to go through the academy first.”
Since the academy started, Ricks said, only one cadet has failed to graduate.