TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - It started with a group of 41 cadets, currently, there are 23 left in training.
Cadets at The North Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Center are going through firearms training this week.
WTVA's Alyssa Martin had the chance to see some of the firearms training happening.
Each cadet ran through what's called a "stress course" which models a real-world scenario, where they will have to run, climb walls and crawl.
The academy lasts a total of 12 weeks.
The Director says this is one of the most important weeks for cadets.
"There are no officers across this country who think about getting up in the morning, hoping they'll have to pull a trigger on someone. Every cop in this country, every law enforcement in this country, hopes today is not the day. What we also teach them, which is just as important, is when not to shoot," explained Dean Bearden, the Director at NMLETC.
Bearden also added many local police and sheriff's departments are hiring officers.
The next academy will start on January 3, 2021.
If you would like more information about the academy, visit https://www.nmletc.com/.