The Edmond Sun

January 7, 2014

EPD offers Citizens Police Academy course

The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — If you’ve ever wanted insider information about what it’s like to be a cop, you may want to check out the Edmond Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy.

Edmond Police Officer Randy Payne said the goal of the program 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.

During the free, 13-week course, which begins Feb. 25, participants meet from 6:30-9 p.m. every Tuesday at the Downtown Community Center, 28 E. Main St.

Topics covered include a SWAT presentation, interdiction efforts related to terrorism, the DEA and the Internet, shooting decisions/use of force, crisis negotiations, CSI work, the school resource officer program, gangs, the bomb disposal unit and the city’s juvenile and municipal court. Attendees also will tour the downtown station.

The course begins with a welcome from Police Chief Bob Ricks, who has led the EPD since October 2003 and worked previously for several government agencies including the FBI, and Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association Chairperson Aubrey King.

Upon completion, attendees will have the opportunity to join the CPA Alumni Association, a group of course graduates who support the Police Department through various activities and events.

For more information about eligibility, the full schedule and to sign up for the course, visit