The Edmond Sun

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June 21, 2014

5 new policemen protect Edmond

EDMOND — City officials, families and residents helped welcome Edmond’s five newest police officers following the taking of their oath and badge pinning ceremony Friday.

The five new police officers sworn in at the Edmond Public Schools Administration Building include Andrew Deyager, Jon Zachary Horn, Michael Kennemer, Andrew Miller and Dakota Seales.

Of the 154 candidates who applied for the academy on Feb. 3, eight cadets began their journey through the department’s 20-week, 790-hour academy. Three of the eight cadets quit during the academy.

Police Chief Bob Ricks told the audience and the families attending the ceremonies their support will determine the success or failure of the cadets’ careers.

Ricks said the average grade on the tests taken by the cadets was 96 percent. The cadets studied ethics, legal procedures, driving, firearms training, defensive tactics, field sobriety, how to write a report as well as how to react in real-life scenarios, Ricks said.

“They learned from books but also learned how to apply what they had studied in scenario-based application,” Ricks said. “These five cadets are the best we could produce.”

The cadets also underwent strenuous physical training, he said.

“Usually the cadets report a weight loss, but these guys reported physically fit and as a whole gained weight as they put on muscle making them stronger,” Ricks added. “They come from diverse backgrounds and different parts of the country, and each of them has the unique strength to be part of the community.”

Each cadet represents a person of character, a person of honor and integrity, Ricks said, and when interviewed each one of them had said, “I want to make a difference.”

Before taking their oath of office and receiving their badges, Jeff Richardson, coordinator of the academy said, “The best thing we are providing the citizens of Edmond is you.”

Four awards were presented. Andrew Miller received the Academic Award, the Top Gun Award went to Dakota Seales, the Leadership Award went to Andrew Deyager and the Physical Fitness Award went to Michael Kennemer.

Kennemer beat Jon Zachary Horn by one point for the fitness award.

Miller said the hardest part of the academy was learning to come together and succeed as a group.

“The survival course was a real gut check,” Deyager said. “It was a stressful week but now we know we can be pushed beyond our limits and survive.”

Richardson told audience members that since they started the academy 20 weeks ago, 48 policemen had been killed across the United States, making the training these police officers received paramount for their future.

Other policemen in charge of the academy include Kyle Stoy, Randy Payne and Bryan Weathers.

 

 

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