Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington is pleased to announce 21 law enforcement officer recruits will graduate from the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Training Academy during a ceremony at the academy headquarters in Plain Dealing at 10:30 a.m. Friday.
The recruits from BPSTA Class 023 are from six area law enforcement agencies – Bossier Sheriff’s Officer, Bossier City Police Department, Grambling University PD, Minden PD, Webster Parish SO, and Haughton PD – as well as one refresher officer from Many PD.
The guest speaker will be Army Maj. Constantin Rieger, Commander of the Alpha Company, 1st BN, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Campbell, Ky. Maj. Rieger was born in Bossier City and lived in New Orleans most of his life. He enlisted into the United States Army as an Infantryman in August of 2001 and later attended ROTC at Austin Peay State University from 2005-2008, where he was commissioned as an Army Infantry Officer.
He previously served with the 101st Airborne Division and 5th Special Forces Group in Fort Campbell, as well as the 10th Mountain Infantry Division and the Joint Readiness Training Center’s Special Operations Training Detachment in Fort Polk, La.
The recruits successfully completed 16 weeks of training to become P.O.S.T. (Peace Officer Standards and Training)-certified law enforcement officers. They learned a myriad of skills, including legal issues, weapons qualifications, physical fitness, non-lethal force, officer survival skills, and much more.
The Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Training Academy, formerly known as the North Louisiana Criminal Justice Academy, held its first graduation in 2009. Over the past 11 years, instructors have trained about 500 recruits to become POST-certified law enforcement officers.
For the graduation ceremony, the academy staff has provided hand sanitizers in the facility and has placed chairs in an appropriate distance from another. Also, graduates are advised to limit their number of guests to five people.