Thirty police cadets will take the first step toward becoming police officers when they begin the 79th Basic Training Academy at 7 a.m. Monday at the Baton Rouge Police Academy, 704 Mayflower St., right next to police headquarters, a police spokesman said.

The 25 men and five women will go through a 20-week academy with courses in a multitude of areas, including law education, firearms training, defensive training and driving safety, spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said.

Upon graduation, which is scheduled for June, the officers will be paired with veteran officers in the four-month-long officer training program, McKneely said in a news release.

In August, when an announcement was made to hold the police academy, then-Police Chief Dewayne White estimated that the training would cost about $110,000 per cadet.

McKneely said the price per cadet for this academy should be similar to the price per cadet for the last police academy.