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Louisiana State Police adds 46 new graduating troopers

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Dozens of people gathered at the BREC Independence Park Theater and Cultural Center for the graduation of Louisiana State Police Class 92.

The class started with 61 cadets, but only 46 graduated. Later, troopers marched their way up the steps of the Capitol to complete the badge pinning ceremony. Governor Bobby Jindal conducted the oath of office to newly graduated class in the Senate chambers of the Capitol. 

New trooper, Joshua Nations, worked with The Department of Public Safety for eight years. He said graduating today was a dream come true.  

"It has always been a challenge and a goal of mine to be in this brotherhood," said Nations. "My brother has been with the department for 6 years; my father for 20 years."

Trooper First-Class Jared Sandifer said this is a new chapter added to the family.

"At State Police, we are one large family," said Sandifer.   "These 46 new troopers are a part of our family now. And they are going to go out and protect everybody and serve everybody in this state as members of our family," added Sandifer.

Budget cuts prevented the State Police class from happening until this year.   

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