- Associated Press - Friday, May 23, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana has 46 new state police officers.

Gov. Bobby Jindal administered the oath of office Thursday to the new troopers in the state Senate chamber.

They were the graduates among 61 cadets who started the Louisiana State Police training academy in January. It was the first cadet class since September 2008.

Budget constraints kept state police from adding new troopers for several years. But lawmakers earmarked a $5 million set-aside fund for the training in the last legislative session, saying they worried that too few officers were patrolling state highways.

The ranks had dwindled from more than 1,150 in 2009 to fewer than 950.

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