Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington and the Bossier Sheriff’s Office will welcome 26 recruits Friday morning as they begin training at the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Academy in their quest to become certified law enforcement officers.
Eleven different law enforcement agencies make up Class 016, which will train for the next 11 ½ weeks to complete the Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) schedule, a regimen that consists of classes and scenarios to train them to become professional police officers and deputy sheriffs.
The academy, located on Old Plain Dealing Road about halfway between the cities of Benton and Plain Dealing, 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. The academy features a shooting simulator, 30-station firing range, a defense tactics training facility, tiered classrooms and a five-story rappelling tower.
Two other officers will also be attending the training as refreshers.