BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana State Police has several new pairs of boots on the ground as 58 cadets graduated to fully fledged troopers on Friday, April 10.
The graduation ceremony for the 93rd State Police Cadet Class was held at the BREC Independence Park Theater and Cultural Center in Baton Rouge.
"The badge they will soon earn is a testament to the hard work and dedication they have put forth towards becoming Louisiana State Troopers" says Col. Mike Edmonson.
The cadets went through a 19-week-long police academy, where they learned vital police duties such as impaired driver detection, crash investigation techniques, and traffic incident management.
"My father was a state trooper, retired state trooper," said Trooper Chris Theriot of Troop I. "I wanted to follow in his footsteps, so it means a lot to be a part of Louisiana State Police. It's very prestigious, well respected. The Colonel said it several times. The badge is earned It's a privileged."
The new Troopers will be split among nine different troops from Baton Rouge to Shreveport.
Among the list of graduates, seven have been assigned to serve the Baton Rouge area. These officers are Keith Bennett, John Cannon, Caleb Kennedy, Landon Mills, Cedrick Ross, Brennen Russell, and Jeret Snell.