Citizens to see ‘inner workings’ of YPD

Applications accepted for six-week fall police academy


By Conrad Dudderar
Associate Editor

Application deadline is nearing for anyone who wants to get an exclusive look into the inner workings of the Yukon Police Department.

The 2023 Yukon Citizens Police Academy is just around the corner.

“We’re now taking applications for our fall academy, which will last six weeks,” Deputy Police Chief John Brown said.

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

Classes will meet from 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays from Oct. 10 through Nov. 14 inside the community room at the Yukon police station, 100 S Ranchwood.

The Yukon Citizens Police Academy is open to anyone age 18 years and above who lives or works in the 73099 zip code, Brown pointed out.

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

Yukon Citizens Police Academy members will:

  • Discover the operational aspects of law enforcement.
  • Explore police department special projects.
  • Learn about the support services that keep the community safe.

YPD Capt. Chris Brugh is the academy coordinator. Yukon police officers teach classes in specialized areas.

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

Yukon Citizens Police Academy applicants must pass a criminal background check; fee is $30.



The YPD has offered an annual Citizens Police Academy over the past 25 years.

Academy graduates are always encouraged to join the Yukon Police Citizens Academy Alumni Association, which supports and raises funds for YPD needs outside the regular budget.

“The reality is, our police officers are at risk and experience dangers every day,” Yukon Citizens Police Academy Alumni President Wes McAtee said. “With all the negatives they are facing, our police are trying to help the citizens.”

The YCPAAA supports Yukon Police during special activities like Rock the Route, Freedom Fest and Czech Day.

Members recently worked the YPD’s booth at Yukon Main Street’s annual Cruise-In for a Cause, which raised funds for the Christmas with a Cop charity program.

Anyone interested in participating in this fall’s Yukon Citizens Police Academy may download an application at:

For more information, stop by the Yukon police station, call (405) 354-2553 or email