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North Dakota Highway Patrol Recruits Train at the Academy

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Meet the men and women training to be highway patrol troopers in North Dakota.

Amber Schatz goes inside the Law Enforcement Training Academy to see what it takes to get on the Patrol.

This first class of the new year is considered a big class.

There are 16 recruits, 14 are men and two are women.

All of them will go through a wide variety of training before going out on patrol.

Here's a look at their second week at the Academy.

The job is to help keep our roadways safe, but it takes a lot of training to become a patrol trooper in North Dakota.

"We're very excited, we have 16 troopers that will be going through this recruit class." says Sgt. Tom Iverson, NDHP Safety and Education Officer.

After applying to get in to the Law Enforcement Training Academy, the new class of 2014 has just gotten started in the classroom, and with their hands-on.

"We have a lot of hands-on training too as far as defensive tactics, our physical fitness training... We also have taser training where they'll do live deployments tasers... we have also firearms training, crash scene investigations, K-9, a lot of hands-on training that the troopers will go through.

After extensive training, the majority of the recruits will be put right to work in the western part of the state.

"We are in dire need of troopers out in those areas, our population out there, our activity is booming right now and we need to provide them with some relief, some additional troopers to start helping out with routine calls, criminal activity, fatal crashes." says Sgt. Iverson.

The need is so great that for the first time they are speeding up the graduation date for some recruits who already have experience in law enforcement.

First up though, completing months of training unlike anything else.

"It's a very large class and we're looking forward to getting them out on the road."

Their graduation day is set for June, but some will be accelerated to graduating sometime as early as March.

Next Monday, we will show you some footage rarely seen, recruits getting tased for the first time.

The state legislature approved 15 additional troopers to deal with the needs out west.

This class will be filling some of those roles.

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