BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) — Baton Rouge's latest set of police officers began their journey Monday. These 34 recruits will try to cut down on a crime problem in Baton Rouge that saw 64 murders last year and is on pace for even more in 2012.
"This is what I've always wanted to do, especially recently in Baton Rouge. There's a lot of crime right now," says Karole Muller
Karole Muller is part of the new class. She and the rest of the recruits will learn how to do everything from writing tickets and shooting guns to learning how best to deal with the public during their 21 weeks of training. It's something she's looked forward to her entire life.
"When I was a kid it was more about being like a crime fighter, but as I grew up I started learning about crime, learning criminal law and that's absolutely what I've always wanted to be," says Muller.
But making it through the entire 21 weeks will test each and every recruit. On average about ten percent of the recruits won't make it through the grueling 21 weeks.
"Even if you've been in the military it's not easy. It's not a breeze and the academy stuff is very hard on the recruits because we want to ultimately produce the absolute best that we can produce," says Corporal Tommy Stubbs.
Even though Muller's only finished one day of training, she can't wait to get out on the streets along with her fellow recruits and make a difference.
“Everybody needs good people and we got a great group that's going in and I'm just really excited about it. I'm very excited about it. I'm ready to get started and clearing up the city for sure," says Muller.