Baton Rouge police this August will hold its first police academy since 2009, adding 24 new officers to the department, said Mayor-President Kip Holden and Police Chief Dewayne White at a press conference Wednesday.

White said each recruit costs $110,000 to train and outfit with a vehicle and other equipment, meaning the total cost of the academy is about $2.6 million.

Holden said the academy will be paid for with city-parish general fund money that’s come from an increase of sales tax revenues.

The academy will begin Aug. 22 and finish Jan. 9.

The new officers will be uniform patrols in “high crime areas,” White said.

White said there are currently about 70 officer vacancies in the department.