WALKER — The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office made history on Thursday with 16 people completing the inaugural Basic Training Academy.

“One of my many goals as your sheriff was to have our very own academy,” Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard said. “Here we are sharing in this historic moment together.”

The LPSO Academy is a six-month course that is made up of 496 hours of basic POST mandated curriculum hours and 319 hours of LPSO-specific classroom and practical training.

The 16 graduates had cutting edge training in high-water rescues, small boat operation and emergency equipment operation — including winches, chainsaws and high-water vehicles.

“This academy was academically, physically and mentally challenging for us,” class president Jonathan C. said. “I believe this academy challenged all of us. We all learned from Sheriff Ard that communication and teamwork are the keys to success on any task.”

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