BENTON — Twenty-three recruits from six law enforcement agencies have begun training in the latest class of the North Louisiana Criminal Justice Academy in Bossier Parish.

The academy, located about halfway between the cities of Benton and Plain Dealing, is hosted by the Bossier Sheriff’s Office.

A news release from Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington says the latest three-month program aimed at turning the recruits into certified law enforcement officers began Friday.

Recruits are from the Bossier City Marshals Office, Bossier City Police Department, the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office, the LSU Health Sciences Center Police Department, the Many Police Department and the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office.