Murphy PD Provided a Career Exploration Opportunity
Murphy Police Department held the 13th Youth Citizens Police Academy Jul. 22 – 26. 15 students participated in the academy which included interactive experiences pertaining to a career in law enforcement. Attendees practiced proper handcuff techniques, fingerprinting, crime scene investigation, traffic stops, self-defense, cover and concealment, CPR and first aid. They toured the police department, fire department and animal control shelter.
In addition to presentations given by Murphy officers, firefighters and dispatch, members of Plano SWAT and bomb squad demonstrated their areas of expertise.
Officer Mark Seeker, with the Plano Bomb Squad, presented their bomb robot, “Jason”. He explained the potentially life-saving benefits of using a robot whenever possible when their squad responds to a call. “Jason” can be operated up to one mile away from an explosive, which allows the officers to be one mile away from the explosive device. Seeker pointed out that each member on the team has a specialty such as science, electricity, mechanics and computers. He added that they use a lot of math and science in their career.
Murphy Officer Fred Mancias was this year’s YCPA coordinator. He has been a YCPA instructor for 12 years. Mancias explained the goal of YCPA, “Building lasting relationships with the kids in the community.” Students from Murphy, Wylie, Sachse, Lavon and Princeton attended YCPA.
Four members of the Murphy Police Explorers assisted Officer Mancias during YCPA.
Attendees are not charged to attend this five-day academy; it is funded by the Murphy Police Department.