LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- The Comanche Nation Police Department has some added manpower.
Over a two-month span, one day a week, 16 students enrolled in the department's citizens police academy, went behind the scenes, getting a close up perspective of what exactly their officers deal with on a day to day basis.
"It's an eye opener what they do. I thought they just patrol, but there is so much more that they do," said graduate Shirley Rivera.
Comanche Nation Police activities coordinator R.L. Smith says the department is always eager to see citizens take an active role within their community. He says their department covers eight counties, and with all that area to patrol, they need all the help they can get.
"The important thing is these guys are going to be our eyes and our ears as they go back into the community," said Smith.
While everyone is welcome to enroll in the academy, smith says they strongly encourage tribal members. The next citizens academy will be held in October.