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Ouachita Correctional Center is Hiring!

 

Interested in a career at the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office in Corrections? The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office is hiring Correctional Officers for the Ouachita Correctional Center. Here is Deputy Aguilar to tell you about what it takes! Interested? Click the employment tab in the menu box for more information.

We look forward to talking to you!

Click the link below for the video:

Ouachita Correctional Center

 

Metro Narcotics of Ouachita Parish Conducts Warrant Sweep

On November 9th and 10th, 2022 Metro Narcotics of Ouachita Parish, in conjunction with other local law enforcement agencies, began a sweep operation in Ouachita Parish to serve eighty-five arrest warrants.  The warrants stemmed from a several months long investigation into illegal narcotic activity and other criminal activity in Ouachita Parish.

Arrest teams located and arrested sixty on the warrant charges. While most of the warrants were drug related charges, nine were arrested on non-drug related charges.

A large quantity of illegal narcotics was seized during the operation, including Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Morphine, Crack Cocaine, Fentanyl, Heroin, Ecstasy and PCP. Nine handguns, one AK-47, one bolt action rifle and one shotgun were also seized as they were in possession of convicted felons.

Agencies participating in the operation were Metro Narcotics, Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, Monroe Police Department, West Monroe Police Department, Louisiana State Police, 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Louisiana National Guard Counterdrug Task Force, Louisiana Attorney General Fugitive Apprehension Unit, Louisiana Probation and Parole, Homeland Security Investigations and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

The investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected.

Click the links below for a video of the Sweep Operation and the names of the arrested:

Sweep Operation

Arrests

 

West Monroe Moose 1723 Donates Tommy Moose Stuffed Animals to OPSO

Earlier this evening, the West Monroe Moose Lodge 1723 donated Tommy Moose stuffed animals to the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office and two other local agencies.  The stuffed animals are donated each year to First Responders and other agencies that often face situations where a child has experienced a traumatic event.  This year the toy animals were donated to OPSO, the Ouachita Parish Fire Department and the Ronald McDonald House.

Deputies often respond to situations where children need help coping with a traumatic event that has occurred in their young lives.

Deputies in the Patrol and Investigative Divisions keep the dolls in their units to give to children they encounter in these situations as an attempt to help them cope with the trauma they have experienced. The gift of the stuffed animal to the child often helps comfort the child and builds a trust between them and the Deputy. We appreciate the donation and the continued support of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office by the West Monroe Moose Lodge 1723.

OPSO Supports Operation Christmas Child

Deputies of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office are once again participating in Operation Christmas Child this Christmas. Boxes were delivered to Fair Park Baptist Church today so that they can arrive in time for Christmas.

If you are not familiar with this ministry, click the link below, click Video, then Operation Christmas Child.  There are several videos to choose from that will give you valuable insight to the impact this shoe box gift will have on the child that receives it.  This shoe box is an expression of God’s love to a child.  It’s a great way to teach children about people that live in poverty.

Link:

Samaritans Purse-Operation Christmas Child

 

 

 

New Ouachita Parish Rifle Range Hours

 

With the time change to CST on November 6th, the new range hours  shown below will take effect Tuesday, November 8th, 2022.

Tuesday-Friday         9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Saturday                     8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Sunday                        1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. (through Christmas)

Annual OPSO Halloween Costume Contest

Today, we held our annual OPSO Halloween Costume Contest.  The event is a lot of fun and each year judging is tough as everyone has great costume ideas.  This year, First Place went to Cruella, Second Place went to The Joker, and Third went to the Baker & Cupcake.

Special thanks to Deputies Making A Change Master Sergeant Rusty Barker for stopping by for the contest.

Sheriff Jay Russell and Deputies remind drivers to be watchful for the little ones Trick or Treating tonight. Have a safe and happy Halloween!

 

Sheriff Jay Russell and Deputies Offer Halloween Safety Tips

Sheriff Jay Russell and Deputies Offer Halloween Safety Tips

With tricks and treats fast approaching, Sheriff Jay Russell and deputies of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office would like to make the public aware of some Halloween safety tips to keep kids safe.

Top tips to keep your kids safe on Halloween

For parents and children:

  • Children under 12 should trick-or-treat and cross streets with an adult.
    • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
    • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Parents should remind children to watch for cars that are turning or backing up.
    • Look left, right and left again when crossing and keeps looking as you cross. Walk; don’t run, across the street.

For drivers:

  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
    • Anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day so you can spot children from greater distances.
    • Remember that costumes can limit children’s visibility and they may not be able to see your vehicle.
    • Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings, especially the use of any mobile device.

Costumes and Treats

  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and choose light colored costumes to improve visibility.
    • Choose face paint and make-up instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision. Look for non-toxic designations when choosing Halloween makeup.
    • Avoid carrying sticks, swords, or other sharp objects.
    • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights in order to see better, as well as to be seen by drivers.
    • Liquid in glow sticks is hazardous, so parents should remind children not to chew on or break them.
    • Check treats for signs of tampering before children are allowed to eat them. Be sure all candy is in the original manufacturer wrapper or box. Candy should be thrown away if the wrapper is faded or torn, or if the candy is unwrapped. If you suspect you have received candy that has been tampered with, notify your local law enforcement agency.

Check the Sex Offender Registry

Be sure and visit our website, www.opso.net,  use the OPSO Mobile App or download Offender Watch, https://offenderwatch.com/offenderwatch-family-safety-app/

on your smartphone to check the sex offender registry for addresses of any registered offenders in your neighborhood or the area you plan to take your children.

 

 

SCAT Arrests Suspect on Narcotics Charges, Warrants

An investigation into suspected drug activity by Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Special Crimes Apprehension Team (SCAT) in the 700 block of New Natchitoches Street in West Monroe has resulted in the arrest of Devin V. Britton.

Britton has been booked into OCC on numerous drug charges stemming from narcotics and firearms seized.  He was also booked on unrelated active warrants charging him with Domestic Abuse Battery and Aggravated Assault with a Firearm.

Sheriff Russell Urges Parents to Check Sex Offender Registry Before Halloween

 

Did you know according to statistics from the Department of Justice and Watch Systems LLC, an estimated 80% of all addresses have at least one sex offender within one mile?  Forty-five percent of sexual assault victims are under twelve, and 75% of victims know their attacker.  Over half of all sexual assaults occur within one mile of the victim’s home.  Did you know currently there are 345 registered sex offenders in Ouachita Parish?

So before your children Trick-or-Treat this Halloween, Sheriff Russell wants parents to have real-time access to sex offenders in your area.

“We do our best to ensure sex offenders live where they tell us, but it is up to our citizens to utilize these online tools to see who the registered sex offenders are and where they are living,” says Sheriff Russell.

It is critical that you “Know Before You Go” this Halloween. Sheriff Russell outlines steps parents can take to help keep their children safe from sex offenders not only during Trick or Treat activities but throughout the year.

  • Visit our website, opso.net or download the OPSO Mobile App, Ouachita Sheriff, and click the Sex Offender tab in the menu box to search for sex offenders in your neighborhood or the area you are visiting by entering an address. A map will show the locations of registered sex offenders in the area. You can also register on the site to be notified if a registered offender moves into your neighborhood.
  • Subscribe to the OffenderWatch Safe Virtual Neighborhood mobile device App. This App is partnered with law enforcement and gives parents the ability to be notified if their child is contacted by registered sex offenders through social media platforms. It also alerts parents if a registered offender moves into the neighborhood. The app offers a free version and a more detailed version available by subscription.

Click the link below for complete details about the Offender Watch App, including subscription instructions:

https://offenderwatch.com/offenderwatch-family-safety-app/

With these resources available, Sheriff Russell says parents can feel confident that they are armed with the necessary tools to keep their children safe this Halloween.

If you have any questions, or need further help regarding the sex offender registry, contact the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Investigative Division at@ 318-329-1200.