Future law enforcement officers from all over the state kicked off this year's training academy in Pearl on Sunday, and drill instructors there pulled no punches.
Of the more than one hundred cadets in attendance, 27 are with the Jackson Police Department.
The 12-week course offers a grueling mental and physical training session to prepare these cadets for a career in law enforcement.
"We do know and do anticipate losing some of them during basic training because it is intense, but it does give us an opportunity to focus on crime fighting, and gives us the opportunity to get new officers on the street," said JPD Chief Deputy Joseph Wade. "That has a direct impact on crime."
These new recruits are expected to graduate August 4.
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