April - June 2019 Quarterly Newsletter
Jefferson Davis Parish
April - June 2019
JDPSO hosts LJOA Conference
This year, the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office hosted the Annual Louisiana Juvenile Officers Association Conference (LJOA).
The Conference was held at the Hampton Inn in Jennings during the first week of April and welcomed Juvenile officers, deputies and detectives from various parish agencies. Instructors discussed various juvenile related cases and incidents from all over the United States, including child abduction and abuse cases, as well as a Florida school shooting situation. Other classes were led by an FBI behavior analysis, an Acadia Parish Juvenile ADA, a SANE Nurse from St. Pat’s Hospital in Lake Charles and a representative from the Children’s Advocacy Center of Lake Charles. Sessions on POST legal updates and case discussions were also held.
The Conference came to an end with a closing ceremony and banquet, in which the LJOA Scholarship was awarded to Jennings High School senior, Miranda Roy (left), who is pictured here with JDSO Juvenile Detective Dennis Fruge (right).
Youth recognized for participating in Crisis Seminar
Scout and Troop members who attended the Emergency Crisis Seminar and Exercise in March were presented with Certificates of Completion by Sheriff Ivy Woods.
During the seminar, participants learned life-saving first aid skills, participated in emergency evacuation exercises and completed the seminar with an obstacle course including the skills and exercises they learned.
Members of Girl Scout Troop 72 pictured here (from left to right) are Rylee Aube, Malaya Mallett and Emily Davidson with Sheriff Ivy Woods (right).Not pictured, but who also attended the seminar, were Faith Wold, Amya Rideaux, Kortney Granger, Mya Blanchard, Claire Mouton and Makayla Authement.
Dilynn Mallett (left), of Boy Scout Troop 59 is pictured here with Sheriff Ivy Woods (center) and his cousin, Xander Williams (right).
Not pictured, but who also attended the seminar were members of Boy Scout Troop 29 Jack Trahan, Kamon Wier, Cameron Fontenot, Gentry Pousson, Carson Hall, David Matte and Heath Hardesty.
Final Citizen's Academy wraps up with Certificate Presentation
The Final Citizen’s Academy class included a brief overview of some of the firearms, protective gear and equipment used by patrol deputies. Attendance also learned about fingerprinting techniques and how surface textures make a difference in how well a print can be lifted as evidence in an investigation.
Following the final Citizen’s Academy course, participants were presented with Certificates of Completion after learning about the day to day operations in the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The Citizen’s Academy is a four-week course held on Thursday evenings. During this first course, Jeff Davis Parish Mayors, members of the clergy and other dignitaries were invited to attend the course to learn all the various JDPSO operations, from the tax office to patrol to investigations.
Pictured here (from left to right) are CEO of Economic Development Marion “Butch” Fox, Sheriff Ivy Woods, LA Mayor Sherri Crochet, Pastor Laura Nusbaum and Welsh Mayor Carolyn Louviere.
Not pictured, but also attended the academy are Jennings Mayor Henry Guinn.
JDPSO Deputy reads to students
School Resource Officer (SRO) Deputy Tiffany Bertrand read to the students of James Ward Elementary School this week. The story she read, “Police in our Schools” focused on school safety. After the story, Bertrand answered questions from the students about what it’s like to be a sheriff’s deputy.
Sheriff presented with Excellence in Education Award
Sheriff Ivy Woods was recently presented with the Red Apple for Excellence in Education Award for his efforts in supporting education and the youth of Jeff Davis Parish.
The award is presented every two years to an individual, group or organization who has provided distinctive service to education and/or youth and is distributed by the Alpha Kappa Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, which is an honorary teachers’ organization.
Throughout the year, Woods actively supports several youth and school programs, organizations and events, as well as individual youths, when and where opportunities for educational, personal learning and enrichment experiences are present.
Sheriff, JDPSO recognized at 4-H Annual Awards Banquet
Woods (left) is pictured here accepting the Outstanding Volunteer Award from LSU AgCenter Extension Agent Francis Guidry (right).
|Sheriff Woods (second from right) and Dy. Gale Richard (center), representing the JDPSO D.A.R.E. Division, are pictured here with other award recipients during the banquet.|
JDSO members participate in 2019 Torch Run
Members of the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office recently participated in the 2019 Torch Run 5K for Special Olympics. The Torch Run began at the Calcasieu Parish Police Academy and came to an end at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Law Enforcement Appreciation Week
In recognition of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Week, businesses and organizations throughout the parish, including Miguez Funeral Home and the First Baptist Church (FBC) of Welsh, honored first responders by hosting luncheons for the men and women who serve the people of Jeff Davis Parish.
|THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!|
|The Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office is grateful to all those who went above and beyond to show their appreciation and support to area first responders.|
JDSO supports FES and HES End-of-School Fun Day Celebrations
Sheriff Ivy Woods, along with the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. and School Resource Officers (SROs), were there to lend a hand at two local schools for their end of the school year Fun Day Bash Celebrations. Students of Fenton Elementary School (FES) and Hathaway Elementary School (HES) celebrated the end of school and beginning of summer with a fun jump, games and pizza and played video games on built-in custom gaming system in the D.A.R.E. truck.
|FES students took a break from activities to enjoy free pizza lunch.||Along with the many other Fun Day activities, FES students also enjoyed the custom-built gaming system in the back of the D.A.R.E. truck.|
|Sheriff Woods enjoyed pizza with some of the volunteers from Hunt Brother’s Pizza, who provided the meal for the Fun Day activities.||Woods is pictured here (far right, back row) with D.A.R.E. Officers Gale Richard (far right, middle row) and Mika Miguez (center) and SRO’s Brock Hymel (far left, back row) and Tiffany Bertrand (second from left, back row), with some of the FES students during the Fun Day.|
HES third grade students enjoy a cool treat while playing video games in the JDPSO D.A.R.E. Truck.
JDSO honors student Deputies for the Day
Two fourth graders were recently given a first-class tour of the Sheriff’s Office and Parish Courthouse.
|D.A.R.E. Officer Gale Richard and FES fourth grader Baylee Reed||LES fourth grader Talyn Borne and D.A.R.E. Officer Mika Miguez|
Baylee Reed, of Fenton Elementary School (FES) and Talyn Borne, of Lacassine Elementary School (LES) were the recipients of the Deputy for the Day auction item during recent school fundraisers.
The girls began their tour at the JDSO impound facility where they met D.A.R.E. officers Gale Richard and Mika Miguez. While there, they were shown the many different vehicles used by the agency during emergencies and learned about what they were used for.
Transported in the D.A.R.E. truck, the girls then toured the Courthouse where they visited the main courtroom, as well as the offices of Judge Steve Gunnell, District Attorney Michael Cassidy, the main courtroom and the Sheriff’s Office operations in the building. The next stop included the Sheriff’s Office Main Office building, where the students were shown around and met with members of the tax and administration offices and members of the command staff.
After the tour, the students were treated to lunch at the restaurant of their choice. They opted to dine with Deputies Miguez and Richard at the Regatta Restaurant in Lake Arthur.
Deputy honored by Jennings Optimist Club
The Optimist Club of Jennings recognize Deputy Jeremy Broussard as their Respect for Law Award recipient.
Deputy Broussard regularly exhibits strong leadership skills, leads by example, displays professionalism in both appearance and attitude and consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty for the citizens of the parish in which he serves.
JDSO talks safety to Elton youth
Deputies of Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office recently visited children during the Elton Feed the Children Summer Program, held at the Keagan Center.
D.A.R.E. Officer Gale Richard and School Resource Officer (SRO) Tiffany Bertrand spoke to youth about general safety practices, as well as the importance of Stranger Danger awareness.
JDSO recognizes, honors greatest fan
Members of JDPSO went out of their way to give a special treat to a special citizen. Lake Arthur resident David Legros calls dispatch deputies every day, sometimes twice a day, to let members of the agency know how much he loves them and that he prays for every deputy of the department. To show their appreciation, several members of the agency arranged a customized, first-class field trip, just for him.
|Legros was surprised when his friend, Dy. Brant Duplechain, popped for an unexpected visit.||Communications Commander Adria Bertrand and Shift Supervisor Derrick Miller joined Duplechain for the surprise.|
Deputies arrived at Legros home and informed him they would be spending the day with him. Legros joined Duplechain in his marked unit and was followed by two more units as the caravan traveled to the first stop of the day, the Courthouse building. While there, Legros visited with dispatchers on duty, many of whom he has spoke with many times, but until that day, never met face to face.
|Dy. Melanie Guillory greeting Legros with a warm hug.||Legros told Dy. Alyssa Malveaux he wanted them to go fishing together.||Legros gave Dy. Taryn Lemelle a hug when he saw her.|
While at the courthouse, Legros also met members of the Sex Offender Registration and Corrections and was shown where the office functions for some of these divisions operated.
|Legros shook hands with Dy. Robert Lane while Dys. Tiffany Bertrand, Derrick Miller and Adria Bertrand look on.||Legros met Day Jailer, Dy. Eli Coleman, and thanked him for his service.||Duplechain showed Legros where patrol deputies enter reports during their shifts.|
|Legros is here with Dy. Derrick Miller.||Legros and Miller share a laugh with Dy. Adria Bertrand.||Asst. Wardon Gerald Cox visits with Legros before he continues his tour.|
The second stop of Legros’ tour included a visit at the agency impound where he met members of the K-9 Division, Fleet Management and Patrol. As Legro’s caravan left the impound yard, other marked units joined in the procession line.
|Legros meets K-9 Deputies Jonathan Hebert and Chris Wallace.||Duplechain and Miller introduce Legros to the Fleet Manager, Dy. Kenneth Hebert.||Duplechain shows Legros how to operate the lights and sirens of the D.A.R.E. Unit.||SRO Dy. Tiffany Bertrand and Legros visit in the D.A.R.E. Unit.||Legros visits with K-9 Dy. Hebert, Patrol Dy. Naquan Senegal and Communications Commander Bertrand.|
The final stop of Legros’ tour included a visit to the Sheriff’s Office Main Office location. He arrived with Duplechain and was followed by several additional patrol units. When Duplechain’s unit pulled into the Main Office parking lot, Legros was met by a welcoming party that included members of Administration, Command Staff, Investigations and the Tax Division.
Pictured here (from left to right) are Detective Roxi Guidry, SRO Tiffany Bertrand, Detective Travis Savoy, Communications Commander Adria Bertrand, Dispatcher Melanie Guillory and her daughter Lilly, Sheriff Ivy Woods, Guest of Honor David Legros, Assistant Patrol Shift Supervisor Brant Duplechain, Head of Traffic Deputy Sarah Fox, Patrol Shift Supervisor Derrick Miller, Tax Division Deputy Rhonda Timmins, Patrol Shift Supervisor Ferrell LeBlanc, Tax Division Deputy Connie Sarvis, K-9 Deputy Chris Wallace, Tax Division Deputy Winston Guillory, Patrol Commander Douglas Britnell, K-9 Deputy Jonathan Hebert and Patrol Deputy Naquan Senegal.
Deputy honored by local bike chapter
JDPSO Dy. Sarah Fox, Head of Traffic, was selected as the first recipient for Deputy of the Month by the Rougarou Punishers Biker Club, Jennings Chapter. The Biker Club recognizes area law enforcement and first responders, and recently included members of the Sheriff’s Office to be honored.
Dy. Fox was selected as the May 2019 Dy. of the Month because of her positive attitude, strong work ethic and her overall drive as an integral team player in the agency.
As Deputy of the Month, Dy. Fox was presented with a certificate and a $50 gift card to Darryl’s Po-Boys in Jennings.
Dy. Fox was also presented with a cake, which she shared with her co-workers.
Thank you, Dy. Sarah Fox for all that you do!