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Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office Hosts Louisiana Tactical Police Officers Association Training Conference

The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office hosted the Louisiana Tactical Police Officers Association Training Conference this week at the Ouachita Parish Rifle range.  This is an annual event held by the LTPOA at different agencies each year.  Training sessions are held for SWAT and Tactical Response teams representing agencies throughout the state.  Topics include but are not limited to Leadership, Hostage Rescue, Dignitary Protection and Firearms.

A competition is also held for the participating teams.  The teams compete against each other in various physical events, including pistol and long arms matches and an obstacle course.  Winners are recognized in each individual event and overall winners are selected as well.  This year, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, Hammond Police Department and Ascension Parish Sheriff’s office finished first through third place overall in that order.  The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, being the host, did not compete.

The conference provides important training and the opportunity for team members to improve their skills.  It also provides the opportunity for agencies to interact with each other, as often they are called upon to assist each other with major incidents.

Click the link below for a video of a team completing the obstacle course competition:

Obstacle Course Competition

The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office Is Hiring!

The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office is now accepting applications for all employment positions. Prior Patrol experience is required for employment in the Patrol Division.

Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Employee Benefits for full time employees include but are not limited to:
-Paid Employee Health and Dental Insurance
-Pension Investment
-Deferred Compensation
-Payroll Deductible Supplement Plans
-Extensive Training in each Department

Starting Annual Salaries:

Uniform Patrol Deputy: $44,311

Corrections: $43,087

Communications: $43,698

If you feel you may be interested in a career in Law Enforcement with the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Department, contact Personnel at 318.329.1200 or visit the office at 400 Saint John St., Monroe, LA 71201 to pick up an application.  The office is located on the third floor of the Ouachita Parish Courthouse Annex.

You may also visit our Facebook page or Mobile App for more information and a link to the application or click the link below. Once you have completed the application, return it to the Personnel Office.

Application Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office

OPSO Deputy Kathy Hargrove Retires

 

Sheriff Jay Russell and Deputies hosted a retirement party for Deputy Kathy Hargrove this morning.   Deputy Hargrove is retiring after thirty-one years & eight months of service to the residents of Ouachita Parish.

She began her career in the Records Division and has been assigned the Tax-Civil Division for the past several years.  Deputy Hargrove has been a very dedicated Deputy Sheriff her entire career.  Join us in wishing her the very best for her retirement.

OPSO CSI: Forensic Workshop

This two-day camp is designed for youth 14-18 years old who want hands-on experience with a crime scene investigation. Students will have the opportunity to work on a mock crime scene and use engaging activities to solve the crime. Activities will include but are not limited to forensic art, fingerprint analysis, footwear impressions, collecting and preserving evidence, and identifying bloodstains. This camp will allow students to work with professionals in the field, and get the full prospective of what being an investigator is really like.

Workshop Highlights

Forensic Art / Drawing the Face You Never See

Learn what it is like to be the witness to a crime and have to describe the suspect to an artist. Have the opportunity to assist in the composition a drawing from many different reference photographs.

Fingerprints / Hidden prints

Learn how to identify the different patterns in a fingerprint. Have hands on training on lifting fingerprints from evidence and to try to make a matching identification between fingerprints.

Footwear Impressions / Casting Ghosts

Learn to identify footwear impressions associated with a crime scene scenario. Learn to cast the impression and learn how to match and identify to what brand of shoe the impression was made from.

Forensic Evidence Collection / Preserving the Past

Collect and preserve articles of evidence associated with a crime scene. Students will be given a crime scene scenario and have to document, collect and report how the evidence is associated with the crime.

Bloodstain Patterns / Bloody Secrets

Learn how to identify different bloodstains and how they relate to the events of a crime scene. Learn the dynamics of blood in motion with hands on experimentation of creating bloodstains.

Crime Scene Investigation

Use each individual skill to process a crime scene and solve a case.

Location

Ouachita Parish Rifle Range

357 Sheriff Richard Fewell Road

West Monroe, LA 71292

 

Transportation

Cadets are responsible for transportation to and from the academy site.

 

Registration Process

Registration forms are available on the website, www.opso.net, our Facebook page or by clicking the link below. Forms are also available at each school and on ed-line.

Download the registration form and follow the instructions. The deadline to register is June 2, 2022.

If you have any questions, contact Deputy Leha Odom at 318-376-6406.

Tuition

$25.00 per cadet. Lunch and Snacks are provided.

Dates

June 16th-June 17th, 2022 (Deadline to register is June 2, 2022)

 

Class Starts Promptly at 8:00 a.m. and ends by 5 p.m.

 

Click the link below for more information and the registration form:

(If the link does not open, copy and paste the link directly into your browser)

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1clAPhikUvn04pGgOveTDTiU4UFE9MDIT/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=116441782056120559527&rtpof=true&sd=true

 

Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Teen Cadet Academy 2022 Announced

Have you ever wondered…

  • What is it like to attend a police academy?
    • What is it like to be a Law Enforcement Officer?
    • What are the laws in regard to firearms, arrest, search and seizure?
    • What is a crime scene and how do you work it?
    Through the use of a team of experienced instructors and speakers, Cadets will explore the various challenges law enforcement officers face each day.

WHAT IS IT?

The Teen Cadet Academy is a one week summer program geared toward teens who are interested in law enforcement as a career choice. They are provided a working knowledge of all aspects of the daily operations of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office.

WHO ATTENDS?

Young people who reside and attend school in Ouachita Parish are invited to apply. The academy is for students who are mature and have an interest in law enforcement.

REQUIREMENTS

Teens interested in attending must be 14 to 18 years of age and should be physically fit enough to participate in daily physical training and defensive tactics.  Cadets must also be able to provide their own transportation to and from the Cadet Academy.

Location

Ouachita Parish Rifle Range

357 Sheriff Richard Fewell Road

West Monroe, LA 71292

 

HOW CAN I APPLY?

You MUST be recommended by your school principal. Recommendation forms and applications will be made available to schools or you can print one from the link below.  Forms are also available on our website, OPSO.net.  Classroom space will be limited to 20 cadets. Qualified applicants will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. Applications from teens that have been placed in out-of-school suspension during the present school year will not be accepted. All applicants will be notified by OPSO.

If you have any questions, contact Deputy Leha Odom at 318-376-6406.

DATES:

  • June 20th-June 24th, 2022 (Deadline to register is May 19, 2022)

(Class starts promptly at 8 a.m. and ends by 4 p.m. Graduation is Friday at 5:30 p.m.)

Click the link below for more information and the registration form:

(If the link does not open, copy and paste the link directly into your browser)

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OrCgnh2swzMdBIwjfWzGY-YkMJNiKRQP/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=116441782056120559527&rtpof=true&sd=true

Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office Youth Cadet Academy 2022

Have you ever wondered…

  • What is it like to attend a police academy?
    • What is it like to be a Law Enforcement Officer?
    • What are the laws in regard to firearms, arrest, search and seizure?
    • What is a crime scene and how do you work it?
    Through the use of a team of experienced instructors and speakers, Cadets will explore the various challenges law enforcement officers face each day.

WHAT IS IT?

The Cadet Academy is a one week summer program geared toward youth who are interested in law enforcement as a career choice. They are provided a working knowledge of all aspects of the daily operations of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office.

WHO ATTENDS?

Young people who reside and attend school in Ouachita Parish are invited to apply. The academies are for students who are mature and have an interest in law enforcement.

REQUIREMENTS

Youth interested in attending must be 10 to 13 years of age and should be physically fit enough to participate in daily physical training and defensive tactics. Cadets must also be able to provide their own transportation to and from the Cadet Academy.

Location

Ouachita Parish Rifle Range

357 Sheriff Richard Fewell Road

West Monroe, LA  71292

Directions: I-20 to Well Road, go south on Well Road, turn right on New Natchitoches Road, left onto Trade Street, then right onto Richard Fewell Road.

 

Clothing: Cadets are encouraged to dress comfortably.  Shorts and t-shirts are permitted but must be modest and inoffensive.  Tennis shoes are also required.  Cadets will be required to wear jeans/pants during the outing to OCC and for the obstacle course.

 

Food:   Cadets are provided lunch and two snacks.  Water is available at all times.

 

Cost:      $50.00 per cadet

 

HOW CAN I APPLY?

You MUST be recommended by your school principal. Recommendation forms and applications will be made available to schools or you can print one by clicking the link below or our Facebook page.  Classroom space will be limited to 20 cadets per session. Qualified applicants will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. Applications from youth who have been placed in out-of-school suspension during the present school year will not be accepted. All applicants will be notified by OPSO.

DATES

  • Session 1: June 6th-June 10th, 2022 (Deadline to register is May 17th)
    • Session 2: July 25th-July29th, 2022 (Deadline to register is June 28th)

Class starts promptly at 8:00 a.m. and ends by 5:00 p.m.  Graduation is Friday at 5:30 p.m. Families are encouraged to attend the graduation program.

Click the link below for more details, including requirements, cost and the registration form:

(If the link does not open, copy and paste the link directly into your browser)

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_j0-Wo1TPe9pPUTBOKERydXXIFRFcrqa/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=116441782056120559527&rtpof=true&sd=true

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.”