OPSO Captain Chris Tolbird Recognized by the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association

In an effort to honor the selfless work of Louisiana’s 14,000 deputies, each year the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association (LSA) honors a selected Deputy for the Deputy of the Year Award. The award is intended to recognize a Deputy Sheriff who has demonstrated an outstanding work ethic in the performance of his/her duty and strives to improve the quality of life in the community.

Captain Chris Tolbird of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office has been selected by the LSA as Deputy of the Year for 2021.

Captain Tolbird is recognized for his 22 years of outstanding service at the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office. Prior to his career at OPSO, he served for six years in the U.S. Army. Upon joining the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, he began his career at the Ouachita Correctional Center. He later transferred to the Patrol Division and has served as a field training officer, a patrol Sergeant and is currently a patrol shift Captain. He has also worked in the Investigations Division and was a member of the Special Crimes Apprehension Team (SCAT). He is currently in charge of his patrol shift and serves as SWAT Team Commander and the Captain in charge of the OPSO Honor Guard unit. Captain Tolbird is a POST Certified Instructor and is an instructor at the OPSO-North Delta Training Academy.

“Captain Tolbird exemplifies the character of the Deputies of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office and has established himself as a leader.  We are proud of his accomplishments and honored that he received this recognition from the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association. We appreciate his service to the Department and to the citizens of Ouachita Parish” said Sheriff Jay Russell.

Captain Tolbird will be recognized in person and receive his award this summer at the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association Annual Conference.