Muskogee Students Producing Videos Focused On Community-Police Relations

Monday, October 17th 2016, 10:36 pm
By: News On 6

A high school video production class is spending time with the local police department, documenting life on the job.

Every single day, Muskogee High School students deliver the news, but now they're adding a special segment - this time, tackling community-police relations.

Muskogee Sophomore Caitlin Wardour took her video production class assignment off the high school grounds and into a Muskogee Police Department patrol car.

Her story is one of many videos where students interview the police.

"Our generation, we play a huge part in upcoming adults and upcoming citizens of Muskogee. I think it's good that we could be able to change all of this," she said.

Wardour's father happens to be the Muskogee police officer in the first video.

"I thought it would be a good idea to show a different side of what they do - that they're not just police officers, that they have a family, they have people they care about," she said.

She's learned more about the job her dad does and wants to share the experience with her classmates.

"There's a lot more that goes on in Muskogee than I thought. It wasn't all bad stuff, it was people who needed a ride somewhere or people who just wanted to talk, little kids who wanted to play football with a police officer, which I thought was awesome," Wardour said.

Senior Philip Duncan is about to start shooting his interview - he's speaking with an officer who is also one of his football coaches.

"I want them to feel that, 'hey, the police department is really working hard and this is something that needs to be respected,’" he said.

Every question is on the table.

Duncan said, "One would be how are you looking forward, to handle the worst situation today?"

The students are tasked with turning at least two of the videos a month - and you can find them here.