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November 11 10:02 AM

LSP training academy prepares for cadet class

BATON ROUGE, La.—The next step in the journey for approximately 50 individuals who aspire to be Louisiana State Police troopers is anticipated to begin on Jan. 12, when these recruits will officially become state police cadets reporting to the Louisiana State Police Training Academy to begin 19 weeks of intensive training.

Each was hand-selected for Cadet Class #92 after completing an extensive hiring process.

This will be the first State Police cadet class since September 2008. Cadet Class #91 graduated 74 troopers in February 2009.

The individuals for this class will be derived from a pre-existing list from 2010. Over 700 applications were accepted with 249 individuals successfully completing background requirements and the interview process.

The Louisiana State Police Internal Affairs Section is currently contacting the individuals on the pre-existing list to determine their availability and to schedule physical assessments and polygraphs. Updated background checks will also be completed.

The 19-week academy will include classroom instruction on topics such as state and federal laws, ethics, advanced crash investigation and impaired driver detection. The cadets will also participate in various practical and field training exercises consisting of scenario-based training, pursuit driving, firearms training, defensive tactics and a rigorous daily physical fitness regimen.

Anyone interested in becoming a trooper is encouraged to visit their recruiting page at http:// lsp.org/recruit.html or at http://lsp. org/public.html.

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