New class of Baton Rouge police recruits starts training

Baton Rouge Police Department Cadet Class (Source: WAFB)
Baton Rouge Police Department Cadet Class (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A new class of cadets started the journey Monday to becoming officers with the Baton Rouge Police Department.

In total, 35 recruits make up the 80th Basic Training Academy Class. If they make it through the 21-week course, the graduates will partner with experienced officers for field training.

"It may seem like the day drags, but for the most part, before you know it, it's over and you're on the street making a difference in people's lives," said Cpl. Don Coppola with BRPD.

Officials said the class is very diverse with women and minorities making up the majority of this year's recruits.

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