Dear fellow citizens of St. Mary Parish,
2016 was an extraordinary year for law enforcement throughout the nation. The citizens of St. Mary Parish have always been supportive of law enforcement. But I have never in my 33+ years of law enforcement experienced such an outpouring of support for our deputies and their efforts to keep our parish safe as I did this past year. Your words of encouragement, the heartfelt thank-yous, and donations of food have had a profound and lasting effect on each and every one of us here at the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office. In the 2015 October election, you placed your confidence in me to continue to serve as your Sheriff. As I begin my second elected term, I promise to continue to work to protect and maintain your trust in us.
In 2016, I brought back the K-9 Unit. We broadened training opportunities for all of our deputies and once again expanded our involvement in community activities and programs throughout the parish.
Over the last 5 and ½ years as St. Mary Parish Sheriff, I have strengthened existing services and implemented new programs where needed despite a continued decrease in tax revenue. We saw it coming when I took office in 2012 and began to streamline operations in anticipation of an economic downturn. We took steps then not only to preserve the professional services we provide, but to improve the delivery of those services.
Since that time, the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office has diligently researched, applied for, and received $1.2 million in grant funding. These grants allow the Sheriff’s Office to acquire assets that are unattainable with our existing budget and could not be purchased outright.
Through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement (CALEA) and the efforts of the hard working deputies of the Sheriff’s Office, we have reached a higher standard of excellence for the people of St. Mary Parish. Through training, accountability, and community partnerships, we will continue to raise the bar.
I believe we have some of the most dedicated deputies and administrative staff in the history of our office. With your continued support, we can make a difference in our parish.
Sheriff, St. Mary Parish
Download the annual report here:
St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office 2016 Annual Report - Year End Review