Cadets graduate from North Delta academy

Published: May. 3, 2021 at 11:03 PM CDT
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OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE) - 28 police cadets graduated on May, 3, 2021 from the North Delta Regional Training Academy. Seven of them will become officers with the Monroe Police Department.

The cadets had to complete 18-weeks of training at the academy. Before graduation, they had to complete a standardized state test with a 70 percent or above.

The 28 cadets will work for one of 14 different law enforcement agencies in our region but the training is not over yet.

Police chief Victor Zordan said the seven cadets that will be working for the Monroe Police Department will be patrolling officers once they complete 16-weeks in a field training officer program. Zordan said they will be paired up with another officer for police training.

Zordan said the new cadets are a great addition to the staff.

“The citizens are helped because we have excess, not excess but we have more people out there to put on the streets to double up some of the higher crime areas zones,” said Chief Zordan.

“So there’s 28 or 30 people that they have. We’ve got seven, which obviously is 28. You got 21 others from surrounding agencies. So seven is a big number to put through an academy,” said Chief Zordan.

The Monroe Police Department plans to put another seven or eight cadets through the next academy, which begins in August. The Monroe Police Department will be fully staffed after the next graduating class of cadets.

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