Fourteen recruits from six different law enforcement agencies graduated from the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Training Academy in Plain Dealing Friday. 

The recruits from Class 018 officially became certified P.O.S.T. (Peace Officer Standards and Training) law enforcement officers and will report to their respective agencies for follow-on training and work assignments, some as soon as this weekend.

The guest speaker for this year’s ceremony was Dan Cain, Professor of Criminal Justice at Bossier Parish Community College.    

The academy is hosted by Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington and the Bossier Sheriff’s Office. The recruits were taught officer survival skills, legal issues, weapons qualifications, physical fitness, non-lethal force and much more.

Three of the four awards given at today’s ceremony went to recruits from the Bossier Sheriff’s Office. Nikki Walters achieved the Physical Fitness Award, Scott Gill received the Firearms Proficiency Award, and Latricia Thomas-Savage won received the Academic Award. Felicia Nicole Anderson of the Bossier City Police Department was this year’s Honor Graduate Award for BPSTA Class 018.

The graduating class of BPSTA Class 018 is:

Bossier City Police Department

  • Felicia Nicole Anderson
  • Lorenza DeWayne Levy, Jr.

Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office

  • Ryan Paul Constantin
  • Dylan Michael Dison
  • Brandon Michael Fontenot
  • Scott Edward Gill
  • Bernard Jawaski Malone
  • Brandon Thomas McCarty
  • Latricia Thomas-Savage
  • Nikki Suzzane Walters

West Carroll Parish Sheriff

  • Thomas Willard Auger III

Jonesboro Police Department

  • Matthew Dylan Garrett

Webster Parish Sheriff

  • Brandon James Paul Hankes

LSU Health and Science University Police

  • Georgette Nichole Hassan

The academy held its first graduation in 2008, and more than 350 recruits have been trained to become POST-certified law enforcement officers over the past ten years at the Bossier Parish academy.  The next academy class will begin this July.

You can see a gallery of the graduation below: