On Friday morning, Louisiana State Police announced the graduation of its 96th Cadet Class. Twenty-seven people graduated the course. The graduation ceremonies were held at the Louisiana State Police Training Academy and the BREC Independence Park Theatre and Cultural Center in Baton Rouge. The cadets began their 20-week training on August 20, 2017. During their training, cadets learned about crash investigation, emergency vehicle operations, impaired driving detection, traffic incident management, and leadership. Cadets also went through a rigorous physical training program. The 27 new troopers received their gold boot badge Friday morning. The newly graduated troopers will be deployed across the state and will participate in a 10 to 14-week field training program while supervised by a senior trooper.