BATON ROUGE, La. — A group of aspiring Louisiana State troopers begins their journey Sunday.

Forty-nine men and women will officially become Louisiana State Police cadets when they report to the agency’s training academy in Baton Rouge to begin an intensive training regimen. Candidates for Class #97 were chosen after completing an extensive hiring process. During the roughly 20 week-long academy, cadets will receive training in advanced crash investigation, emergency vehicle operations, impaired driving detection, traffic incident management, cultural diversity, effective communication, and leadership skills.

Cadet Class #97 is the sixth to be held since January 2014. It will run concurrently with Class #96, presently in its 11th week of training.

Cadet Class #95 graduated 46 new troopers on April 5.