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Edmond starts 19-week police academy

Six cadets, including one woman, started Edmond's third basic police training academy. The cadets were chosen from 200 applicants.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: November 26, 2012 at 4:46 pm •  Published: November 27, 2012
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/articleid/3732205/1/pictures/1893934">Photo - Edmond Police Sgt. Jeff Richardson leads six new cadets as the Edmond Police Department begins its new basic police training academy with ceremonies at the police training center.
PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN. <strong>PAUL HELLSTERN - Oklahoman</strong>
Edmond Police Sgt. Jeff Richardson leads six new cadets as the Edmond Police Department begins its new basic police training academy with ceremonies at the police training center. PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN. PAUL HELLSTERN - Oklahoman

“We lost one in week two,” Ricks said. “He had his mind made up during the first week. This job is not a job for everybody. They see a lot of stuff on TV, and that is not how it is.

“We guarantee when they graduate they will be prepared.”

Sgt. Jeff Richardson, coordinator of the academy, said getting into the academy is extremely competitive.

“We get absolutely the top,” Richardson said.

The cadets were received during a ceremony at the Edmond police training facility before more than 30 officers.

The other cadets are Christopher Brown, 27, Jason Albright, 29, Brenton Brown, 27, Travis Eastbourne, 35, and Micah Yost, 24.

All six cadets have bachelor's degrees, and two have master's degrees.

One cadet spent five years as a police officer and sergeant with the Lawton Police Department.

One is a 14-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a recipient of 12 medals and citations during his military career, including the Meritorious Service Medal.

Another received eight medals and citations, including a Bronze Star, in the National Guard.

One cadet is fluent in German.

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by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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