Members of the Sheriff's Office's 20th P.O.S.T.
Certification Academy Class practice
The Sheriff's Office's Regional Training Academy graduated its 20th class earlier this year.
Aspiring police officers from around the region went through 11 weeks of military-style physical training, study of the Jaw and police practices in order to achieve P.O.S.T. Certification, thus making them eligible to become certified law enforcement officers.
The academy's full-time staff consists of two staff instructors and two support personnel. It also utilizes experts from throughout the Sheriff's Office to teach subjects such as firearms, fingerprinting and vehicle stops.
Experienced deputies also role play during scenarios that give a real-life aspect to training exercises.
The training academy graduated its first full class in 2002 at the parish school system's Boutte Adult Learning Center. Nearly 500 police officers have been trained since.
The 20th class included 13 St. Charles Parish Sheriff's deputies and officers from other police agencies in the area. Their ages ranged between 21 and 67.
Plans are to move the academy into a new training center now under construction adjacent to th Sheriff's Office's Law Enforcement Complex on Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway in Luling.
The 34,000 square foot building is expected to be completed in May 2015 and will be the training ground for police officers for decades to come.