Yukon citizens recruited for police academy

8-week program offers inside look at YPD; first session Sept. 27

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By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

Time is running out for anyone who wants to get a real “insider’s view” of the Yukon Police Department.

The 2022 Yukon Citizens Police Academy starts in less than two weeks.

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“We’re taking applications now for our fall academy,” Deputy Police Chief John Brown said. “It will be Tuesday nights for eight weeks.”

John Brown

Classes will meet from 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays from Sept. 27 through Nov. 15 at the Yukon police station, 100 S Ranchwood.

“This will open your eyes to why we do what we do,” Brown said.

The program allows Yukon citizens to hear first-hand from YPD officers and other personnel about various aspects of police work.

Participants will be introduced to all facets of law enforcement during the three-hour sessions.

“We will cover patrol, special operations, investigations, communications, and records keeping,” Brown added.

Academy members will watch a Canadian County tactical team demonstration at the firing range and see a “shoot-don’t shoot” computer simulation at the Midwest City Police Department.

They will tour the Yukon police station, including the dispatch, jail and booking areas.

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The YPD began offering an annual academy for Yukon residents in the late 1990s.

Yukon Citizens Police Academy coordinator is Yukon Police Capt. Chris Brugh. Classes are taught by officers specialized in the subject matters covered.

Absences are permitted; but attendance is highly encouraged to gain the most from the program.

The Yukon Citizens Police Academy is open to anyone age 21 years and above in the 73099 zip code. Applicants must pass a background check. Cost is $30.

An application may be downloaded at http://www.yukonok.gov.

Academy graduates will be encouraged to participate in the Yukon Police Citizens Academy Alumni Association, which supports and raises funds for YPD needs outside the regular budget.

For more information on the Yukon Citizens Police Academy, visit the police station at 100 S Ranchwood or call (405) 350-5503.

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