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BOSSIER PARISH SHERIFF'S TRAINING ACADEMY CLASS 016 BEGINS P.O.S.T. COURSE

Posted: Aug 19, 2016 2:09 PM

Twenty-six recruits from various agencies began training to become certified P.O.S.T. (Peace Officer Standards and Training) law enforcement officers today, as Class 016 began its 12-week course.

The academy is operated by Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington and the Bossier Sheriff's Office. Recruits learn officer survival skills, legal issues, weapons qualifications, physical fitness, chemical weapons and much more.

"We do everything humanly possible to prepare these recruits for an outstanding performance in a dangerous, stressful job," said Whittington. "Graduation from the P.O.S.T. course is only the beginning. Today's law officer continues training throughout his career, to face new challenges, such as terrorist threats and active shooters. This isn't Mayberry."

The Academy, formerly known as the North Louisiana Criminal Justice Academy, is operating under a new name. Class 016 is the first group to be trained in the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Training Academy.