The Edmond Sun

January 8, 2013

EPD seeks Citizens Police Academy participants

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — If you have ever wanted to experience a day in the life of a police officer and learn more about how law enforcement happens, this is the class for you.

The Edmond Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy is now accepting applications for the free 13-week program which will begin Feb. 26 and meet from 6:30-9 p.m. each Tuesday at the Downtown Community Center. It will be the 33rd CPA.

Edmond Police Officer Randy Payne, who coordinates the CPA, 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 Police Department.

“Get plugged in on what’s happening in Edmond from the latest crime trends, police training to keep our city safe and the status on the new public safety center,” Payne said.

After welcoming remarks from Police Chief Bob Ricks and the serving chairman of the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, an EPD support group, class topics will include agency organization, the Criminal Investigations Division, the Joint Terrorist Task Force, the DEA Task Force, sex crimes investigations, accident investigation and a tour of the EPD and emergency communications.

Attendees will also spend a Saturday at the Edmond Police Department training center viewing demonstrations by the Bomb Squad, Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) and a K9 unit.

Upon completion, attendees will have the opportunity to join the Edmond Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association. It is a group of academy graduates who support the Police Department through various activities and events.

To sign up, visit to complete the online application. For more information, including eligibility requirements, visit the website, call Officer Randy Payne at 359-4437 or send him email at | 341-2121, ext. 108