35 recruits take first step toward becoming BR police officers _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Cadets stand at attention as Sgt. John O'Donoghue, center back, shouts instructions. The 80th Basic Training Academy of the Baton Rouge Police Department begins early Monday morning, June 30, 2014. The class consists of 35 recruits Ð 12 white males, 19 black males, 1 white female, and 3 black females. The academy is scheduled to run for 21 weeks.

The 80th Basic Training Academy of the Baton Rouge Police Department began early Monday, June 30, 2014. The class consists of 35 recruits – 31 men and 4 women. The academy is scheduled to run for 21 weeks and includes courses in law education, firearms training, defensive training and driving safety.