BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Members of the State Police Cadet Class 92 lined up along side the Louisiana State Police Training Academy Sunday afternoon. The group of 57 cadets stood ready to start their journey to become try to become Louisiana State Troopers.
"The anticipation is the most thing. I'm just excited but at the same time nervous.[I am] Just ready to get started," Joshua Nations, state police cadet, said.
Soon training academy instructors welcomed the cadets with strict instructions and loud voices. The cadets are part of the first new state police cadet academy class in six years.
The state police cadets will spend the next nineteen weeks at the academy. The cadets will participate in a mix of classroom and field training.
"It's going to be great training. I'm excited about learning,” Nations said. “Just going to prepare myself to be one of the best troopers I can be."
Nation came into the academy with some advice from his family. Nations’ father and brother are both Louisiana State Troopers.
“They gave me some pointers some advice. Fatherly and brotherly advice is always good,” Nations said.
Now Nations has his chance to try to become a trooper.
“It means the world. I'm excited about it. I've been with DPS for almost 8 years now. Ever since I got on with DPS I had full anticipation of becoming a trooper excited that it's finally here,” Nations said.
Louisiana State Police officials say over time the number of troopers has dropped, but they say the new academy class will help build the numbers back up.
“This is the first class of five classes over the next five years that will be aimed at attrition,” State Police Superintendent Colonel Mike Edmonson explained. “... Keep in mind this is just to replace the people that we have lost and keep in mind you don't do that over night. It will take one year before these men and women will be wearing this uniform and riding by themselves.”
Louisiana State Police officials hope to graduate around 50 new troopers at the end of the academy.