Weekend brings new state police recruit class

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A class of new recruits begins 19 weeks of training this weekend in hopes of becoming Louisiana state troopers. State police said Friday the recruits report Sunday to the training academy in Baton Rouge. It's the first academy cadet class since one that began in 2008. The state police news release says about 50 are expected to graduate from the academy this year.

Training will include classroom instruction on state and federal laws, ethics, crash investigations and impaired driver detection. The cadets will also participate in field training exercises, including scenarios involving car chases. And there will be firearms training, training in defensive tactics and a rigorous daily physical fitness routine.

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