Training is underway for the 95th cadet class of the Louisiana State Police Training Academy. 65 men and women are participating in the intensive training regimen. Sgt. Jared Sandifer says these individuals have embarked on a difficult 22 week journey where cadets learn about crash investigations, impaired driving detection, leadership skills and more.
“Start learning teamwork, start learning skills that they’ll need out there on the job in order to keep themselves safe but also to keep the citizens safe that they’re going to be serving.”
This is the first cadet class since December 2015 where 57 Troopers graduated. Sandifer says the more law enforcement officers on the roads, the safer the public will be. He says it's great to see people still want to serve as officers, even after the deadly police shootings in Baton Rouge and Dallas this past summer.
“It’s very heartwarming that people still want to be police officers. These 65 individuals have definitely stepped up, they’re ready to take on that challenge. They want to get out there and serve with the other State Troopers.”
Once cadets graduate and become Troopers they are then placed in a 10 to 14 week field training program. Sandifer says they’re continuing to recruit the state’s best and brightest who are interested in becoming a State Police Trooper.
“We do have a recruiting section, people can reach out to that recruiting section and find out what it takes to become a State Trooper, what the qualifications are. They can look online at our website, LSP.org.”