BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana State Police welcomed 57 new Troopers Thursday at the graduation of the latest LSP Cadet class.
The LSP Cadet Class 94 began on August 30 with 80 cadets from across the state. Of those 80 cadets, 57 made it through the intense physical boot camp and training in several different areas including emergency vehicle operations, impaired driving detection, crash investigation and traffic incident management.
"You can't describe. It's indescribable. I graduated from Marine boot camp in 1997. I have to say the police academy was harder," said Trooper Jeffrey Roach. "You go home on Friday night and come back Sunday night. You get 48 hours, about 48 hours to be with your family and it's extremely stressful because you know you have the option of staying home. You can stay home if you want and you obviously won't get this gold boot and that I would have to say that separates it."
At Thursday's graduation, the new Troopers were given the LSP's golden boot badge. State Police Superintendent Colonel Mike Edmonson and Governor Bobby Jindal also spoke during the ceremonies which were held at the BREC Independence Park Theatre in Baton Rouge.
"These remarkable men and women have made a decision to embark on a lifetime of public service knowing the extraordinary risks with their chosen profession," said Colonel Edmonson. "The badge they wear is a testament to the hard work, personal sacrifices, and dedication they have put forth towards becoming Louisiana State Troopers. Nonetheless, the privilege of wearing the LSP gold badge must be continually earned as they will be held to the highest standards of honor, integrity, respect, and service as they continue the proud tradition of the Louisiana State Police."
This was LSP's third cadet class to graduate since May 2014. The two other classes graduated 46 Troopers on May 22, 2014 and 58 Troopers on April 10.
The new Troopers will now spread across Louisiana at different troops for field training with a senior Trooper over 12 to 14 weeks.
The Louisiana State Police Commission is currently accepting applications. Visit its website for more information on cadet testing.
Troop A – Baton Rouge
Troop B – New Orleans
Santiago St. Clair
Troop C – Houma/Gray
Troop D – Lake Charles
Troop E - Alexandria
Troop F - Monroe
Troop G - Shreveport
Marc S. Taylor II
Troop I - Lafayette
Troop L - Mandeville