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Twenty law officers graduate NLCJA training


North Louisiana Criminal Justice Academy graduated 20 law enforcement officers of Class 012 Friday as they receive their Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) certifications.

The ceremony was held at the training facility located at 2981 Old Plain Dealing Road.  The guest speaker will be Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator.   

Officers are representing eight agencies from the Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Office, Bossier City Police Department, Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office, LSU Health Sciences Center Police Department, Minden Police Department, Plain Dealing Police Department, Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office and Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office.  They completed nearly 12 weeks of training that began Aug. 15.

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington and the Bossier Sheriff’s Office host the academy, which teaches officer survival skills, legal issues, weapons qualifications, physical fitness, chemical weapons and more.

North Louisiana Criminal Justice Academy held its first graduation in 2009, and more than 270 recruits have been trained to become POST-certified law enforcement officers over the past five years.

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Sean Green is managing editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune.