Deputy Kenneth Tramble Recognized by Beyond the Badge

Deputy Kenneth Tramble, a 15 year veteran of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, has been selected to receive the Beyond the Badge “Heart of Law Enforcement” Award. He received the award earlier today at the awards luncheon in Baton Rouge.  Deputy Tramble was selected for his work, going above and beyond the call of duty, in the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputies Making A Change (DMAC) program. DMAC is a youth mentoring program that addresses the incarceration rate among young children. The program targets those who are failing in school, at risk of being incarcerated or have problems with authority. It consists of tutoring, physical fitness, life skills, mentoring, video instruction and many other areas of instruction.  Its main objective is to enhance the thinking ability of neighborhood youth and promote positive behavior.

The mission of Beyond the Badge is to educate the public about ordinary law enforcement officers performing extraordinary acts of kindness in their communities.  Each year, Beyond the Badge selects law enforcement officers who have been nominated by their agencies or the public to receive the award in recognition of acts of kindness they performed during the previous calendar year.

Deputy Tramble was selected based on the recommendations from the mothers of two children he met in the DMAC program.  Not only did he work and counsel with them during the normal class activities, he spent countless hours of his own time attending their school events and ceremonies, demonstrating to them that he really cared about their lives and their future. Seeing some young children come to school unable to dress according to school guidelines and not being prepared due to not having the necessary school supplies, Deputy Tramble has often used his own money to purchase socks, shoes and school supplies for those in need.

Both mothers said their children’s success was directly attributable to the efforts and genuinely caring attitude of Deputy Tramble.

“We are very proud of Deputy Tramble and all of the Deputies assigned to DMAC for their accomplishments working with our youth” says Sheriff Jay Russell. “His impact on the lives of these two young men reinforces the importance of the role DMAC plays in the future of our community.”