Fifteen recruits from six different local law enforcement agencies graduated from the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Training Academy in Plain Dealing Friday. The recruits officially became certified P.O.S.T. (Peace Officer Standards and Training) law enforcement officers and will report to their respective agencies for follow-on training and assignments, according to a release from the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The academy, hosted by Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington and the Bossier Sheriff’s Office, has graduated more than 340 recruits since its inception in 2009. Recruits learn officer survival skills, legal issues, weapons qualifications, physical fitness, non-lethal force and more.
Maj. Bruce Teutsch, academy director, recognized the team of instructors serving at the academy, including Capt. Al Langley, Lt. Sarah Rhodes, Lt. Mickey Rellin, Sgt. Clint Robins, Sgt. Robert Teague, Sgt. Jeremy Haas, Dep. Kenny Viola, and Mrs. Mabria Grosjean.
Lt. Rhodes was unable to attend the graduation because she is currently serving with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office Swift Water Rescue Team helping flood victims in south Texas.
Four awards were presented to the recruits. Jeffery Barnes of the Bossier Sheriff’s Office received the Firearms Proficiency Award, while Thomas Maddox of the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office and Suni Nelson of the Northwestern State University Police Department tied for the Physical Fitness Award. Nelson went on to win the Academic Award and Honor Graduate Award.
The video below was produced by Dep. Rod White, Bossier Sheriff’s Office, and includes interview with (in order) Major Bruce Teutsch, BPSTA Director, Officer Kenton Jerome LaCaze, Natchitoches Police Department and Deputy Buck Boudreaux, Bossier Sheriff’s Office.
The graduating class of BPSTA Class 017 includes:
Bossier City Police Department
D’Angelo Jamar Baker
Morgan Taylor Jester
Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office
Jeffery Lee Barnes
Buck Lawrence Boudreaux
Conner John-Dale McLaughlin
Tyler James Milner
Roy Rawls III
Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office
William Stan Crawford
Natchitoches Police Department
Scott Adam Burlingame
Kenton Jerome LaCaze
Northwestern State University Police Department
Brooke Marie Dressler
Suni Renee Nelson
Desiree’ Garrielle Symone Robinson
Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office
Jordon Matthew Greer
Thomas Everett Maddox