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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
Louisiana State Police Academy cadets reported Sunday to begin five months of intense
training. This is the first academy LSP has held since 2009.
Nations was one of 57 cadets to report to the training academy. His brother and
father are troopers with Louisiana State Police and he is hoping to add his
name to the list.
the world, excited about it," said Nations. "I've been with DPS for almost
eight years now. Ever since I got on with DPS, I had full anticipations of
becoming a trooper, so excited it's finally here."
the other trooper hopefuls got a harsh dose of reality soon after arriving, as
drill sergeants conducted abrupt roll calls until each cadet could respond as
requested. Inside, Col. Mike Edmonson, superintendent of LSP, addressed the newest
class wanting to make sure the men and women understand the journey before them
is what he calls the ultimate honor to serve the public.
badge is so precious to me and you have to earn the right to wear it,"
said Edmonson. "It's not a right, it's a privilege and it's a
privilege that the public allows us to wear it. I've never forgotten
next five months, the State Police training facility will be home to Cadet
Class 92. The academy will consist of countless hours of training and
instruction, but those who have passed through before say the most important
lesson learned will be the core values instilled in these future troopers.
professionalism of duty, of honor of selfless service, they've got to learn
those types of things. More important than anything else is how you treat
people and I want them to learn that class is how to treat people,"
As for what
it will take to be one of the 50 or so newest troopers, Josh said he might be making
a few calls to dear old dad in the next several weeks.
things here and there, they gave me some pointers, some advice. Fatherly and
brotherly advice is always good," said Nations.
Police class will be the first of five straight approved and funded by the
state. Edmonson added the cadets will be assigned to their respective troops
around the state after the academy and ready to hit the streets as troopers
within a year.