Cadets have first day of training in Baton Rouge
BATON ROUGE, La. - Dozens of cadets reported to their first official day of training at the Louisiana State Police Training Academy.
"We want to make sure that the right people are here," Sgt. Nick Manale told News Two. "We want to make sure that these men and women are dedicated."
The 81 cadets will be instructed on topics ranging from state and federal laws to firearm and defensive training. The course will last for 16 weeks.
This training comes exactly one week after LA State Trooper Steven Vincent was shot and killed in the line of duty.
Law enforcement officials said Trooper Vincent paid the ultimate sacrifice and he will be in their thoughts.
"I don't think there's a man or woman (here) that doesn't have this in the back of their minds and knows the real dangers of this job and the profession they've chosen to go forth with," Sgt. Manale said. "But we also have a calling for public service, to serve our community, serve our state."