Lawyers and Cadets Teaming Up

POSTED: Monday, February 2, 2009 - 5:23pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:57pm

You normally think of law enforcement on the opposite side of defense attorneys, but NBC 33 News discovered the two professions are teaming up to help train future troopers.

State Trooper Cadets are volunteering to get grilled by defense attorneys. State Police Trooper Russell Graham says, “We’re staging mock trials for the cadets; we actually had a judge who came in Judge Lambert from Ascension Parish and some local defense attorneys.”

It’s all part of the training cadets must go through before they can finally put on the badge. Instructors say the worst mistake a trooper can make is to take the case too personally. D.W.I. Attorney Glynn J. Delatte, Jr. says, “If you have a problem with someone questioning your credibility, then you need to go work at Wal-Mart as a greeter, because I’ve never seen someone question their credibility, but if you’re a police officer, that’s what this is all about.”

State Police put their cadets through a rigorous 20 week training program. They call it “Officer Survival Skills.” The point is that although troopers spend most of their time in this seat; eventually they’re gong to have to take this seat. And if you think the attorneys hold back on them, think again. Troopers say it’s necessary when you hold yourself to a higher standard.

The cadets graduate this Friday with a ceremony at Istrouma Baptist Church, and then they’ll hit the streets.