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

By Laura Maggi, Staff writer

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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