July - Sept. 2019 Newsletter
JEFFERSON DAVIS PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE
JULY - SEPTEMBER 2019 QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER
During the July through September 2019 quarter, the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff's Office welcomed many accomplishments and achievements for the agency and community. JDPSO is proud to share these milestones and events with the citizens of the parish.
Jail Ribbon Cutting
After a five-year process, the $10 million Jeff Davis Parish Consolidated Jail was finally completed. Hundreds of parish citizens, along with several area dignitaries attended a ribbon cutting celebration commemorated the historical event.
The construction of the jail, a Jeff Davis Police Jury project, began in 2016 and was completed in the summer of 2019. Although the jail is a Police Jury facility, it is manned and operated by Sheriff's Office employees.
The ribbon cutting and open house was held on July 3, and the Sheriff's Office began moving inmates from the courthouse jail to the new jail less than a week later, on July 9. Inmates held in the Concordia Parish Correctional Facility will be moved into the facility later in the year.
Below: Civil Commander Susette Mouton (left) and Warrants Deputy Katie McMillian (right) mingle while waiting for the ceremony to begin.
|Above: Investigative Commander Ramby Cormier, IT Director Brett Perrin and Chief Deputy Chris Ivey, visit with JPD Chief Danny Semmes before the ceremony.|
Sheriff Ivy Woods lead the Pledge of Allegiance before addressing the audience. During his speech, the Sheriff shared, not only what the construction of the new jail meant to the Sheriff's Office and the Police Jury, but also to the people of Jeff Davis Parish.
|Pictured here (from left to right) are Senator Dan "Blade" Morrish, JDSO Chief Deputy Chris Ivey, Police Juror Byron Buller, Representative Mark Abraham, Police Juror Steve Eastman and Police Jury Bill Wise.||Pictured here (from left to right) are Police Juror Bill LaBouve, Jennings Mayor Henry Guinn, JDPSO Warden Dustin Locke, JDPSO Shift Supervisor Thomas Gatte and Jimmy Thomas of the Jeff Davis Parish District Attorney's Office.||
Along with members of the community, Sheriff Ivy Woods and JDPSO Elderly Affairs Deputy Ella Williams toured the jail facility after the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Prior to the construction of the jail, inmates awaiting trial were held in the third floor of the Jeff Davis Parish Courthouse Jail facility, which was constructed in 1964, and paid for with a 25-year bond.
JDPSO participates in COA Health Fair
Elderly Affairs Deputy Ella Williams (right) assisted parish seniors during a recent Council on Aging (COA) Health Fair.
Dy. Williams spoke with citizens about concerns particularly unique to the oldest members of our community, including how to beware of fraud and scams, reporting abuse and how to access valuable resources for assistance and information.
The Sheriff's Office regularly attends and participates in various COA events and programs to maintain open communication with senior citizens, as well as to help aid and protect them against crime.
D.A.R.E. Officers attend annual Conference in Lake Charles
|Above: Sheriff Ivy Woods (back row, second from right), along with his wife Bridgit (center), Commander Bill Kettler (left) and volunteer cook Annette Gary (far right), sponsored the meal for this year's D.A.R.E. Conference. The Sheriff cooked crawfish fettuccini.||
Below: Youth present during the 2019 Annual D.A.R.E. Conference enjoyed the JDPSO D.A.R.E. truck custom built-in gaming system.
The JDPSO D.A.R.E. truck was featured during the D.A.R.E. vehicle contest during the conference. The camo-wrapped Chevy Silverado is used during parades and special public events and sports a PA system used for musical entertainment, as well as a custom built-in fold-out PlayStation gaming system complete with duel mounted gaming seats.
LEFT: Pictured here are JDPSO D.A.R.E. Officers Gale Richard (left) and Mika Miguez (right) as they are presented with the First Prize Trophy for the Best D.A.R.E. Truck by Ryan Smith (center) of the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office D.A.R.E. Division.This is the second year the JDPSO D.A.R.E. truck entered the conference contest and won. It placed first in the truck division in 2018, as well.
Biker Club recognizes July Deputy of the Month
The Rougarou Punishers Biker Club, Jennings Chapter, recognized I.T. Director, Deputy Brett Perrin, as the July Deputy of the Month.
Although Dy. Perrin's knowledge and skills regarding the agency's vast technical and organizational needs is a valuable asset to the agency, his dedication to the continual aid and support of his fellow employees, providing them with each of their unique needs and the necessary resources to better serve the public, is unsurpassed.
Thank you, Deputy Brett Perrin for all you do for the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff's Office!
JDPSO introduces new D.A.R.E. Officer
Deputy Tyler Breaux has just completed the D.A.R.E. Certification training and is the new JDPSO D.A.R.E. Officer.
Dy. Breaux will teach the D.A.R.E. curriculum to Jeff Davis Parish fifth and sixth grade students throughout the school year and organize annual D.A.R.E. Graduation ceremonies.
Dy. Breaux has 16 years of experience in law enforcement as a patrol officer. He began his career with the Gueydan Police Department (GPD) in 2003 and attended the St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office Regional Police Training Academy in 2004. There, he completed his Peace Officer Standard and Training (POST). In 2005, he joined the Lake Arthur Police Department (LAPD) where he served for ten years before joining the JDPSO patrol team in 2015. During his time with the Sheriff's Office, he's proved to be a valuable member of the agency.
JDPSO gives first flag place of honor
The very first United States Flag to fly over the new JDPSO location has been given a place of honor where it may be viewed daily by all who pass through the agency's front doors.
The 4'X6' United States Flag was hoisted to the top of the newly erected flagpole in front of the new Sheriff's Office Main Office location in 2019. The flag flew over the facility for several months before it was replaced by a flag donated by the Woodmen of the World Organization. Sheriff Ivy Woods commissioned local carpenter, David Richard, of Lake Arthur, to build a custom frame for the first flown Old Glory to be permanently displayed in the front tax office.
|Pictured here (from left to right) are Commander Douglas Britnell, D.A.R.E. Officer Gale Richard, Carpenter David Richard and Trustee Gladu Granger.||
Pictured here (from left to right) are Commander Douglas Britnell, Commander Bill Kettler, D.A.R.E. Officer Gale Richard, Carpenter David Richard, Trustee Gladu Granger and Sheriff Ivy Woods.
Defensive Tactics Training
Deputies with the Sheriff's Office undergo regular defensive tactics training in order to maintain their P.O.S.T. Certifications, as well as to stay familiar with self-defense moves. Although these training exercises are mandatory for P.O.S.T. Certified deputies, members of other divisions are also allowed, even encouraged, to participate in all areas of law enforcement training.
JDPSO also offers DT, as well as other training exercises, to other law enforcement agencies in and around the parish.
Pictured here are Patrol Deputy Naquan Senegal (top) and K-9 Deputy Jonathan Hebert (bottom) practicing DT maneuvers during an impromptu sparring match.
Biker Club recognizes August Deputy of the Month
The Rougarou Punishers Biker Club, Jennings Chapter, recognized Patrol Deputy NaQuan Senegal, as the August Deputy of the Month.
Dy. Senegal is a tried and true member of the Sheriff's Office with a proven history of maintaining his duty no matter what the circumstances. He's has a reputation for being a loyal and steadfast employee and is highly valued and trusted by his fellow patrolmen in the field, as well as command staff and all other agency members.
Thank you, Deputy NaQuan Senegal for all you do for the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff's Office!