Many of you out there may not know this but I was a senior corporal with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's office in the patrol division for 10 years.  I know first hand what it takes to be a police officer in the Parish and what it takes to make it through the training academy.  It is eight weeks of physical training, book work, and firearms control.  I am a proud graduate of the 61st basic academy and I graduated in June of 1997.

It is hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that 50 more classes have now graduated!  Wow i am getting old.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office (CPSO) law enforcement training academy is getting ready to graduate 34 cadets that will go on and protect the streets of Southwest Louisiana's five parish area. The cadet's graduating are from local police agencies including city polices, University campus police and sheriff's office agencies in Calcasieu, Cameron, Jeff Davis, Beauregard and Allen parishes.

The Thirty-four (34) cadets are representing Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office, Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, DeQuincy Police Department, Jeff Davis Sheriff’s Office, Jennings Police Department, Kinder Police Department, Lake Arthur Police Department, Merryville Police Department, Oakdale Police Department, and Sulphur Police Department are participating in this graduating class.

The 111th Basic Law Enforcement Graduation Ceremony will be this Thursday, June 25 at 10:30 a.m. in the Contraband Room on the 2nd floor at the Lake Charles Civic Center.   The public is invited to attend.

Congrats to all the graduating class! Be safe out there!