Louisiana Law Enforcement Explorer Academy holds first in Ascension in 15 years

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

GONZALES – Through the cooperative efforts of the City of Gonzales Police Dept. and the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office, 2015 was the first year since 2001, that the city hosted a training academy for young adults in order to better prepare them to enter the law enforcement field.

     The academy gives each cadet an insight into the law enforcement field. Cadets participated in a week of training and housing at the Lamar-Dixon Trademart building.  Their mornings began at 4:45 a.m. with physical training, and classes in a variety of law enforcement related fields ran until 9 p.m. each night.

     The cadets were taught Louisiana Law, and had the privilege of learning from departmental training officers from several agencies who were teaching the classes. These young men and women attending the academy received excellent training which will be essential to their future career choice.

     Officers from both agencies devised the program and participated in the training classes. The cadets recapped their week as eventful, with an abundance of education and team-work training.

     The experience was unique in that most staff members consisted of officers that had been through the explorer post at one time and were now in the law enforcement field giving back to their younger future officers. 

     City of Gonzales Detective Jacob Ory said he has hopes that the academy will grow over the years as it will be opened up to other agencies across the state. The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s office was gracious enough to allow the use of their classroom and range for shooting, as well as Ascension Golf carts for onsite transportation, Lamar Dixon for assisting with the cost of housing, Ascension Specialty Advertising, the Gonzales Wal-Mart and multiple other businesses that assisted with the needs of this first of many academies.

     Any teenager interested in joining a local explorer post or attending the academy in 2016 can contact Detective Jacob Ory at the City of Gonzales Police Department at (225) 647-9575.