BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge Police Department is beginning with new recruits for its 80th Basic Training Academy. Classes begin early on Monday at 6:45 a.m.
The academy has a class size of 35 recruits, and it will run for 21 weeks. Once they leave the academy, they will be partnered with experienced officers for field training.
"Once they graduate the academy, they then will get into a car for some on-the-job training with a field training officer, which is a 16-week program, providing they pass all those requirements. After that, then, they will be on the road riding by themselves," said BRPD Chief Dabadie.
Chief Debadie added that this class has a 65% minority breakdown. Usually about 10% of participants drop out before the end.