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Posted: Jul 27, 2018 2:46 PM

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington and the Bossier Sheriff’s Office welcome 22 recruits to the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Training Academy in their quest to become certified law enforcement officers.

Eleven different law enforcement agencies make up Class 019. They will train for the next 16 weeks to complete the Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.). Their training regimen consists of classes and scenarios to train them to become professional police officers and deputy sheriffs.

The academy is located on Old Plain Dealing Road about halfway between the cities of Benton and Plain Dealing and is hosted by the Bossier Sheriff’s Office. The recruits will be trained on officer survival, active shooter, officer down scenarios, academics and weapons qualifications. The training will also include physical fitness, chemical weapons, legal, defensive tactics, driving, diversity, professionalism and other topics.

Four officers from other agencies will also be attending the training as refreshers.