First of two police academies in 2015 begins Monday
BATON ROUGE - A new class of police officers begin the police academy Monday.
Twenty-seven recruits will start the 22-week program. The class is made up of five women and 22 men.
Funding the police academy was a priority in the mayor's 2015 budget. The $830 million spending plan for 2015 includes money for two academies. The city hopes to train as many as sixty new officers this year.
"The police department, year, goes through attrition; retirements and resignations. So, by having this academy, it replenishes our ranks and manpower on the street," police chief Carl Dabadie said in an interview with WBRZ at the end of 2014.
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