Louisiana State Police Training Academy prepares for Cadet Class #92

Louisiana State Police Training Academy prepares for Cadet Class #92
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POSTED: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 12:00pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 12:04pm

The next step in the journey for approximately 50 individuals who aspire to be Louisiana State Troopers is anticipated to begin on January 12, 2014.

On this date, these recruits will officially become State Police Cadets reporting to the Louisiana State Police Training Academy to begin nineteen weeks of intensive training. Each was hand-selected for Cadet Class #92 after completing an extensive hiring process.

“I am excited about the opportunity to train and deploy new Troopers throughout Louisiana,” said Colonel Mike Edmonson, State Police Superintendent. “I am thankful for the support of Governor Jindal and the Legislature in making this cadet class possible as we have worked tirelessly in recent years to create efficiencies and streamline operations.”

This will be the first State Police cadet class since September of 2008. Cadet Class #91 graduated 74 Troopers in February of 2009. The individuals selected 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 schedule physical assessments and polygraphs. Updated background checks will also be completed.

The nineteen-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.

“The cadre at the Louisiana State Police Training Academy understands the extraordinary responsibility they have to prepare these cadets for life as a Louisiana State Trooper,” added Edmonson. “The opportunity to wear the ‘Gold Boot’ badge of the Louisiana State Police is a privilege, not a right. It is a privilege afforded to us by the public we serve. That opportunity is reserved for a select few who understand the mission and embody the core values of the Louisiana State Police.”

Anyone interested in becoming a Louisiana State Trooper is encouraged to visit our recruiting page at http://lsp.org/recruit.html or contact your local Public Information Officer at http://lsp.org/public.html.

The Louisiana State Police Commission is currently accepting applications; however, cadet testing is not expected to resume until early 2014. Outside of the pre-existing list of eligibles, all applications on file and new applications will be held for Cadet Class #93. No date is set for Cadet Class #93.

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