Hattiesburg Police Department prepare newest recruits in training academy

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Hattiesburg Police Department is preparing its newest recruits for real world law enforcement.

HPD has 16 new recruits in their training academy scheduled to graduate in two weeks. The trainees endure a 17-week training course designed mentally and physically prepare them for the force. LT. Traxler of HPD says, "Currently our recruits are actually going through physical training, hands-on building clearing, searches things like that… officer survival type stuff."

The majority of the recruits who entered the course have nearly completed the academy, including Larry Allen, who says he has always wanted to be an officer. "I've been working out, training and exercising for months. I've always had interest in law enforcement.  It's just helping people is in my nature, it's one of the things I like to do."

The current recruits will graduate Friday June 13th at 2p.m. at the Lake Terrace Convention Center.