Latest police academy beginning; City on track to have its largest squad ever
BATON ROUGE - The first of possibly two police academies started Monday, police reported in a news release.
The Baton Rouge Police Department's P.O.S.T. academy class began this week. Cadets will graduate in June. The class is made up of police officers from other agencies that have decided to transfer to the Baton Rouge Police force. Cadets are already certified police officers, so the class does not last as long as a class for rookies. It is the 7th such course, the department said.
The P.O.S.T. class is made up of 15 recruits from other agencies - 11 males and four women. Recruits have as little as two years of experience but as much as fifteen. Salaries for the recruits will be set by the chief based on prior experience, a department spokesperson told WBRZ.
The P.O.S.T. class will last six weeks and include time at the pistol range, driving school and physical training. A rookie academy lasts about six months.
The department hopes to have a standard academy later this year. When city leaders approved the city budget for 2016 late last year, it helped create the largest police force in Baton Rouge history, city officials have said.
After graduating from the P.O.S.T. academy in June, the recruits will have a month of field training.
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