Jul 2, 2013 8:36 AM by AP
By spring, a Louisiana State Police academy should be underway to train new state troopers for the first time in several years.
Legislators found an alternative funding mechanism after Gov. Bobby Jindal failed to include money for the academy in the $25.4 billion state spending plan.
State government's money woes have put the academy on hold for years. The last cadet class graduation was in 2009.
Now, $5 million a year generated by a new state debt recovery unit will flow to state police for five years.
New applications will not be accepted for the 40-person academy class to begin early next year.
Photo courtesy http://www.lsp.org/images/recruit1.jpg