The 66th Basic Training Academy of the Shreveport Police Department begins today at the Shreveport Police Regional Training Academy on Greenwood Road. This class is scheduled to run for about 16 weeks, with a tentative graduation date of December 9th. During their time at the academy, recruits will undergo rigorous training in areas like Louisiana state law, firearms, defensive tactics, driving and physical fitness. Class 66 is made up of 17 recruits -- four females and 13 males.