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Today we honor our fallen brother, Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Justin L. Beard. Deputy Beard lost his life in the line of duty on April 30, 2017.  He was fatally injured in a traffic accident while responding to a burglar alarm during a severe thunderstorm. He was a well-respected deputy
Earlier today, Sheriff Russell presented Noah Bates the Sheriff’s Good Samaritan Award, recognizing him for rendering aid in an attempt to save the life of a young drowning victim on April 19, 2023. Mr. Bates was notified a swimmer had been in distress in a swimming pool. He immediately went
Deputy Minette Burt is retiring from the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office.  Deputy Burt began her career here in Communications in 2003, then transferred to the Civil Division before serving in the Records Division the last several years. She is retiring with 20 years of service to OPSO and the community.
The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office will offer a CCW class in two segments, Tuesday, May 30, 2023 and Thursday, June 1, 2023. Tuesday’s class will consist of Classroom presentation and no guns will be needed.  Thursday’s class will be firearm qualification and firearms are required. Participants will need to bring
Looking for a New and Exciting Career? The Ouachita Correctional Center May Be For YOU! The Ouachita Correctional Center is currently hiring. We offer: Paid employee health insurance Pension Investment Deferred Compensation Plan Comp time, holiday, vacation and sick time Opportunities for advancement Staring salary of $44,287 with a $500
Are you currently a certified EMT or LPN? Interested in a new career at the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office in Corrections? The Ouachita Correctional Center is taking applications to fill a vacancy in its Nursing Staff. Minimum requirements include a License Practical Nurse certification and the applicant must be willing
Sheriff Jay Russell announces the promotion of Deputy Ethan Bonner to the rank of Corporal at the Ouachita Correctional Center. Corporal Bonner is a 9-year veteran of OPSO and is assigned to security at OCC.  As Corporal, he will now serve as a first line supervisor to the Deputies on
Sheriff Russell announces the following promotions for the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office: Lieutenant Michael Judd has been promoted to Patrol Shift Captain. Captain Judd is a 30-year veteran with the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office and previously served as a shift Lieutenant. Sergeant Paul Zuber has been promoted to Patrol Shift
Captain Buddy Aulds has been promoted to Major, heading up the Patrol Division.  He previously served as the Patrol Division Administrative Captain. Major Aulds has over 30 years Law Enforcement Experience, 29 of which has been with OPSO. Captain Anthony Washington, a 28-year veteran with OPSO, previously was a Patrol
Sheriff Jay Russell and Deputies are mourning the loss of retired Colonel Alfred Calhoun.  Colonel Calhoun passed away April 1, 2023 after a lengthy illness. Prior to joining the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, he served in the U. S. Marine Corp, stationed in Guam. Colonel Calhoun joined OPSO in 1971
Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office Major Mike Moore is retiring after 32 years with the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office. Major Moore began his career in 1991 in corrections at the Ouachita Parish Jail. He transferred to the Patrol Division in 1995. Mike worked his way up through the ranks of the
Corporal Dianne Wallace is retiring after 24 years of service with the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office.  She began her career in 1999 in the Court Support Division, later transferring to the Ouachita Correctional Center before returning to Court Support where she has served for approximately the last 10 years. She