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OPSO Ladies Handgun Course Set For September

The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office is offering a Women’s Firearms Training Class at the North Delta Training Academy located at the Ouachita Parish Rifle Range Saturday, September 24th from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  The class is free and limited to 30 participants.

Complete details are in the attached flyers.

To register, click the link shown below to download the registration form.  You may also visit www.opso.net to download. Once completed, email it to michelle.jerkins@opso.net or drop it off in person at the North Delta Training Academy at the Rifle Range. The deadline to register is Thursday, September 1, 2022.

If you need further information, contact Sgt. Michelle Jerkins at 318-324-2771.

This is a training course, not a Concealed Carry course.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Leave your firearm in your vehicle upon arrival until you are asked to retrieve it for the Class.

Click the link below for the registration form:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1j7fbcPaKYUNiIgtvZ0wvpNLYGERO3PnR/view?usp=sharing

Sheriff Russell Offers Back To School Safety Tips

With Ouachita Parish Schools scheduled to begin classes soon, Sheriff Jay Russell and Deputies want to remind parents and drivers to help keep our kids safe.

Back to School Safety Tips

Safety tips for drivers:

  • Slow down and be especially alert in the residential neighborhoods and school zones. Remember that school buses are operating and be watchful for stops.
    • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs
    • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully
    • Watch for children on and near the road in the morning and after school hours
    • Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundingsIt is illegal to use a mobile device in a school zone.   Put down your phone and don’t talk or text while driving.

Safety tips for your kids:

  • Plan a walking route to school or the bus stop. Choose the most direct way with the fewest street crossings, if possible.
    • Walk the route with your child beforehand. Tell him or her to stay away from parks, vacant lots, fields and other places where there aren’t many people around.
    • Teach your child never to talk to strangers or accept rides or gifts from strangers.
    • Be sure your child walks to and from school with a sibling, friend, or neighbor.
    • Teach children to arrive at the bus stop early, stay out of the street, wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before approaching the street, watch for cars and avoid the driver’s blind spot.
    • Remind your children to stay seated at all times and keep their heads and arms inside the bus while riding. When exiting the bus, children should wait until the bus comes to a complete stop, exit from the front using the handrail to avoid falls and cross the street at least 10 feet (or 10 giant steps) in front of the bus.
    • Tell your child not to bend down in front of the bus to tie shoes or pick up objects, as the driver may not see him before starting to move.

Ladies Self-Defense Class Set for September 2022

 The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office has scheduled a two session Women’s Self Defense Class that will be held September 6th and 8th, 2022.  Classes are free and will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. at the North Delta Training Academy at the Ouachita Parish Rifle Range.  You must attend both sessions to complete the course. Participants must be at least 16 years of age and class size is limited to 30 attendees.

Residential Safety will be the focus of this class.  Comfortable clothing is recommended.  Class will be limited to the first 30 that register.

More details are listed on the flyer.  If you have any questions, contact Sgt. Michelle Jerkins at 318-324-2771 for more information.

To register for the class, click the link below or visit our Facebook page.  The registration application must be completed and emailed to michelle.jerkins@opso.net  or dropped off in person at the OPSO-North Delta Regional Training Academy.  The Deadline to register is Thursday, September 1, 2022.

Click the link below for the registration form:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1j7fbcPaKYUNiIgtvZ0wvpNLYGERO3PnR/view?usp=sharing

 

Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Sgt. Wayne Heckford Recognized by Ouachita Green

Congratulations to Sgt. Wayne Heckford for his recognition by Ouachita Green at their Awards Luncheon held Thursday, August 4, 2022.  Sgt. Heckford was presented the James Poe Award for his efforts and commitment to furthering the goals of Ouachita Green, preserving natural beauty, protecting the environment, abating litter and educating the residents of Ouachita Parish of the goals and efforts of Ouachita Green.

Sgt. Heckford was assigned as Code Enforcement Deputy in 1996 and has continued in that role, pioneering many of the programs that are in place today that have served as models for other local governments to follow. During his career, he has brought over 15,000 cases to successful closure in the Ouachita Parish Environmental Court.

“Sgt. Heckford has been very committed as a Deputy of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office and to preserving the environment of Ouachita Parish.  This is witnessed every day when we see the results of his efforts combined with those working with him.  We are very proud of his accomplishments” said Sheriff Jay Russell.

 

Six Arrested In SCAT Investigation

During the investigation of suspected illegal narcotics activity on Redbud Lane in West Monroe, Ouachita Parish SCAT Deputies executed a search warrant at a residence in the 200 block on July 31, 2022.  The search yielded a large quantity of narcotics, including methamphetamine, alprazolam tablets and Vyvanse caplets. Tracy Reiger, Connie Williams, Zachary Allen, Donald Costin, Tyler Tant and Bobby Ross III were subsequently arrested and booked into OCC on narcotics charges.

 

OPSO Summer Youth Academy 2nd Session

The second OPSO Youth Summer Academy for ages 10-13 wrapped up with the graduation exercise Friday, July 29th.  This is the last in the series of OPSO sponsored summer camps that are held each year.  In addition to the Youth Academy, we offer a Teen Academy for ages 14-18 and a CSI Academy for ages 14-18. Cadets are taught the day-to-day functions of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, along with basic Law Enforcement functions such as investigative methods, patrol procedures, criminal law and other topics.

If you have a child that may be interested next summer, we post the registration information to each of them around the first week of May.   Deputies look forward to sponsoring them again next year!

SCAT Narcotics Investigation Yields Two Arrests

An investigation by Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s SCAT Deputies has led to the arrest of two suspects, Carneshia Badger and Johntell Hawkins.  Deputies investigating illegal narcotic activity at a residence in the 200 block of Luke Drive in Monroe executed a search warrant on July 26, 2022.  During the search, Deputies found approximately 3 pounds of suspected marijuana, 5.5 grams of suspected THC edibles (gummies), a large quantity of drug paraphernalia and seven firearms with a large quantity of ammunition. Both Hawkins and Badger were arrested and booked into OCC on 1 ct. each of Possession With Intent to Distribute CDS Schedule I (marijuana) and 1 ct. of Illegal Possession of a Firearm in the Presence of CDS.  Badger was also booked on several unrelated outstanding warrant charges.

The investigation is continuing.

                                                

 

 

OPSO Deputies Graduate National Command & Staff College

Congratulations to Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Michael McLain and Lt. Todd Walden for their recent graduation from the National Command & Staff College. The graduation exercise was held Friday, July 22, 2022 in St. Charles Parish.
The N.C.S.C. consists of an extensive 8-week-long online Leadership Education Program totaling 240 hours of training. The program is concluded with an additional two-week, 80-hour residency hosted by St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office. The two-week residency is finalized with a Capstone Project research paper and presentation by each attendee.
“We are pleased to have two of our supervisors graduate the N.C.S.C. Program” said Sheriff Jay Russell. “This intensive graduate level college program helps prepare them as possible future command level leaders for the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office.”

Four Arrested for Vehicle Burglary, Additional Charges Are Pending

An investigation into multiple vehicle burglaries by Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Investigators during the month of July that occurred in the Highway 139(Old Bastrop Road), Finks Hideaway Road and Holiday Drive areas in Northeast Ouachita Parish has resulted in the arrest of two adults and two juveniles.  Kevion Mushatt and Anthony Minor have been booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center on 3 cts. each of Vehicle Burglary, stemming from the vehicle burglaries on Lincoln Road.  Arrest warrants have been issued for both charging them also in connection with the vehicle burglaries in the Finks Hideaway Road and Holiday Drive area burglaries.

Both juveniles have been arrested and placed in Green Oaks Detention center, each charged in connection with the vehicle burglaries in all three areas.  Their identities cannot be released due to their juvenile status.

The investigation is continuing and more charges are expected.

In all of the vehicle burglaries, vehicles were unlocked and valuables were left in them, including firearms and debit cards.  Sheriff Jay Russell and Deputies remind everyone to please remove any valuables, especially firearms and debit/charge cards, from your unattended vehicles and lock the doors.

OPSO Warns Of Online Purchasing Scam

The recent investigation by Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Investigators into merchandise being purchased online using stolen credit card information has led to the discovery of a nationwide scam that has victimized some Ouachita Parish residents.

Applicants apply to an online job posting with a shipping company on various social media platforms. In this particular case the company was listed as Turbo Quad.

The employment agreement is that packages will be shipped to their address or a local pick-up location and they are to retrieve the package and reship to another destination. The locations appear to be in other states across the country. The shipping company provides all shipping labels for the next location.

** These packages are being purchased under stolen identities using stolen credit information in the possession of the shipping company posting the ad.

The applicants ultimately provide all their personal information and become victim to unauthorized credit accounts and IRS filings as well.

Several variations of these type posts are currently seen on various social media platforms.

Sheriff Jay Russell and Deputies remind you to always verify potential employers before you respond with any information.  There are numerous ways to do this, including contacting the Better Business Bureau.

Never give out your personal information, especially credit information, social security number, etc. to anyone that you cannot verify who they are and that they are legitimate.

If you have been a victim of this particular scam or any other type of scam, notify your local Law Enforcement Agency.