Cadets undergo rigorous training at LSP academy
BATON ROUGE - Sunday was Cadet Reporting Day at the Louisiana State Police Training Academy. The day of aggressive preparation was more like a military boot camp than standard police training.
"I don't think anybody's expecting what they get here today," LSP Superintendent Kevin Reeves said. "I think you're literally in a state of shock when you get here "
Push ups and jumping jacks were all part of an excruciating physical test before cadets were allowed inside of the facility.
"We think it's necessary to instill discipline in the men and women that make up our forces, so this is part of that training process," Colonel Reeves said.
LSP says 49 showed up, but only 48 made it inside. One cadet washed out 31 minutes after arriving.
The training on the first day of the academy may appear over-the-top to some, but the colonel says it's necessary training in order to keep the troopers and the community safe.
"In the end, you see that it all comes together. It all means something."
Day one down and 20 more weeks to go before these men and women can earn the right to wear the badge of the Louisiana State Police.