The Edmond Sun

August 23, 2013

Police seek applicants for 8-10 officer positions

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was updated Aug. 28 to correct the new police officer salary information. The Edmond Sun apologizes for the error and any inconvience caused to our readers.

If you’ve wanted to apply for a police officer position with the Edmond Police Department now’s your chance.

The Edmond Police Department has started recruitment for its 21-week 2014 in-house academy. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 20. Police spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said the agency plans to fill 8-10 police officer positions. During the academy cadets are paid $47,025 a year and after field training $48,167 a year.

For those who make the final cut, the department touts benefits including top-notch training and equipment, a package including good salary and health insurance and residents who value officers.

One of the most challenging aspects of the hiring process is the obstacle course. Applicants will exit a patrol car, run about 100 yards up an incline, climb a 4-foot fence, run about 15 yards, climb through a window opening, run about 150 yards with a turn halfway, climb a 6-foot fence, run about 40 yards and drag a 185-pound dummy 20 yards.

Of the 432 reporting U.S. communities above 75,000 the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports found for calendar year 2011 that Edmond is the ninth safest city in that category, according to the department’s 2012 annual report.

From 2010-11, the number of reported violent crimes — homicide, robbery, rape and aggravated assault — dropped 22 percent, but then increased 44 percent from 2011-12.

“These increases are a concern for us, but we do not believe they necessarily establish a trend,” Police Chief Bob Ricks stated in the 2012 annual report. “By using the most advanced methods in policing, we believe we are able to stay in front of any threats to the safety of our city.”

The department’s current authorized strength is 116 sworn and 30 non-sworn personnel, according to its 2012 annual report. The agency has had no increase in authorized sworn positions for five years.

For fiscal year 2012-13, as adopted in June 2012, the department’s budget was $19 million, divided among personnel services, materials and supplies, other services and charges, capital outlay and transfers.

The personnel portion of the budget, which includes salaries and benefits for both uniformed and civilian personnel, was $13.8 million, or 72 percent of the total budget.

The department’s materials and supplies portion of the budget was $781.375, or 4.11 percent of the total. It goes toward fuel for agency vehicles, ammunition, uniforms, body armor and other necessary items.

In 2012, the department received 30,796 dispatched calls for service, 7,899 officer initiated calls and 32,798 traffic stops, a total of 71,493 officer responses for an average of 196 calls/contacts per day.

Last year, department narcotics officers conduced 192 investigations resulting in 30 search warrants and 100 arrests/charges filed. The agency seized marijuana, cocaine, meth, prescription drugs and LSD, and more than $12,000 in related cash. Three homicides were investigated.

For more information about the application process and eligibility requirements, visit the Edmond Police Department’s section at edmondok.com or email Officer Randy Payne at randy.payne@edmondok.com or Officer Kyle Stoy at joseph.stoy@edmondok.com. To view a recruitment video, visit the Police Department’s Facebook page.



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