11/28/2006

41 New Orleans recruits, first since Katrina, face first day of training

By Laura Maggi, Staff writer
Times-Picayune

For the 41 recruits who signed on to join the depleted ranks of the New Orleans Police Academy, the first day of training Monday made clear a harsh reality: Not all of them will make it.

Several struggled with the physical challenges: push-ups, runs around the refurbished academy building on City Park Avenue and, later, at a track in the park. If past years are any guide, veteran officers said, some also will falter after academic classes begin this week.

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