POSTED: Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 11:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 6, 2012 - 9:08pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — The capitol city area has a new batch of crime fighters tonight. That’s because last night 51 graduates from 17 different agencies completed the Capitol Area Regional Training Academy Program.
It's a program that tests both the candidates mental and physical strength.
Graduates took a variety of courses during their 11 to 12 week training including fire arms, corrections, field sobriety and even verbal judo.
But, those who completed the program say they're proud to finally be officially part of law enforcement.
"I wanted to be active in the community," said new EBR Sheriff's Deputy Jimmy Young Jr. "I wanted to get something done, do something better for myself and my kids. I always wanted to be a cop."
"I choose to be in law enforcement because, I wanted to help people,"said new EBR Sheriff's Deputy Dawn Monahan. "I feel a lot of people have a bad perception of law enforcement officers, but I wanted to change that perception."
22 new East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriffs Deputies graduated Thursday night.