Several dozen aspiring Baton Rouge police officers are getting a lesson in one of the most crucial aspects of being a police officer.
The Baton Rouge police academy cadets are participating in firearms training over the next two weeks. The cadets get their chance to learn everything they need to know about firearm proficiency and safety. St the end of the course, the cadets must shoot four consecutive scores and meet a minimum score in order to pass.
Cadets we spoke with say the training is tough, but becoming a good marksman is essential to anyone that wants to be a member of law enforcement.
"The important part is once you have a solid foundation it's going to travel with you throughout your whole career so if we can get a solid foundation down anything else you get is lagniappe," says Cadet Henry Briggs.
The police academy lasts about 20 weeks. So far, only one candidate has dropped out from the original class.