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April - June 2018 Quarterly Newsletter

April - June 2018 Quarterly Newsletter







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The Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office is proud to release the first quarterly newsletter to keep the public informed of all the ways our agency serves the people of the parish. Part of our goal as an agency is to ensure all departments are fully invested in the community. 

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For more information on services offered by Oasis, visit www.oasisasafehaven.org, or call 337-436-4552.

Sheriff Ivy Woods (right) and Sex Offender Registrar Robert Lane (left) met with Kelli Barnes (center), Education Coordinator of the Oasis Sexual Violence Program, units to recognize April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Teal ribbons were tied to the antennas of some of the Sheriff’s Department units in recognition and support to survivors of sexual assault.

Oasis: A safe haven for survivors of domestic and sexual violence is a Lake Charles based outreach support organization and safe haven for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Oasis serves the greater Calcasieu Parish area, including Jefferson Davis Parish.



Active Shooter class held at VA home

In an effort to educate and inform the community regarding the proper way to handle an emergency situation, Commander Bill Kettler led an Active Shooter educational course at the Southwest Louisiana Veterans Home.

The course featured a brief overview introducing nursing home staff to the necessary preparation prior to the possibility of an active shooter situation, as well as safety measures to take during and after an emergency involving an active shooter situation. Commander Kettler presented faculty and staff with an educational video, “Run, Hide, Fight,” featuring an active shooter situation reenactment and how to respond. After the video and presentation, Commander Kettler answered a series of questions by staff members.

For more information on this presentation, contact Commander Kettler at (337) 821-2109.

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Commander Bill Kettler (left) and Deputy Brett Perrin (right) are pictured here leading the “Run, Hide, Fight” Active Shooter educational presentation


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Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff Ivy Woods hosted the second annual Unity in the Community luncheon for area church leaders.

Sheriff Woods began holding the meetings in an effort to connect with pastors and leaders in parish churches due to their unique ability to reach large quantities of the community in an effective and efficient way. Because of their close familiarity with the greatest struggles and needs within their respective neighborhoods, creating a more open communication with these community leaders allows law enforcement to recognize, identify and provide the proper assistance to meet those needs.

Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office Commander Bill Kettler led the meeting and featured the “Run, Hide, Fight” active shooter protection and education presentation video. The purpose of the presentation is to help educate community members how to devise a best laid plan to provide a degree of protection in the event of an active shooter situation.

Commander Kettler also discussed the benefits of using an online property inventory system to categorize valuables prior to a burglary, theft, fire, hurricane or any other type of emergency that causes property damage or destruction. He suggested using ReportIt, a free online categorizing system that helps citizens quickly and easily keep track of valuables. The secure program can be accessed anywhere and provides all the necessary information to law enforcement or insurance companies. To register with the secure online program, visit www.reportit.leadsonline.com, and follow the prompters to begin entering information on valuables or property such as photos, receipts or serial numbers.

Woods explained the overall goal for the meeting was to provide valuable information and the best service to the public, while also listening to the greatest concerns among the people.

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Members of the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office were on hand in March for a Lake Arthur social event supporting senior citizen widows and widowers of Jefferson Davis and Calcasieu parishes.
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Deputy Ella Dartez of the Sheriff’s Office Elderly Affairs Department, along with D.A.R.E. Officers Gale Richard and Mika Miguez, assisted members of Living Information for Today (L.I.F.T.), a national support program for the widowed, who hosted the event for over 115 senior citizens in Downtown Lake Arthur. The participating deputies joined forces with members of the Lake Arthur Police Department to transport guests to and from their vehicles before and after the event. During the event, deputies also worked alongside various community volunteers, L.I.F.T. director Jody Barrilleaux and members of Jefferson Davis Parish Council on Aging as they mingled, danced, distributed door prizes and assisted in a BINGO game, as well as serving the group lunch under the pavilion at the Lake Arthur Park.

The L.I.F.T. is operated through Hixon Funeral Home and meets monthly in Lake Charles, Moss Bluff and Sulphur.


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Sheriff Ivy Woods supports and congratulates the 2018 Jennings Students of the Year. The six outstanding Jennings students were recognized and honored during the Annual Student of the Year Banquet held on Friday, April 27, 2018, hosted by Jefferson Davis Parish District Attorney Michael Cassidy.

Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. Officers Gale Richard and Mika Miguez picked up the students from their respective schools; Bethel Christian School (BCS), Jennings Elementary School (JES), Jennings High School (JHS) and Our Lady Immaculate Catholic School (OLI) and escorted them to the luncheon.

The Teachers of the Year were also recognized at the banquet. They are JES teacher Cheree Stanley, JHS teachers Holly Guidry and Beth Young and OLI teacher Amy Hanks.

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The honored students included BCS fifth grader Mae Hofmann (far right), JES fifth grader Julia Green (far left), JHS eighth grader Jacqueline Crochet (left of center) and twelfth grader Richard Robicheaux (center) and OLI fifth grader Madeleine Person (right of center) and eighth grader Julia O’Brien (not pictured).



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Sheriff Woods and Dy. Ella Dartez of Elderly Affairs discuss the event with D.A. Michael Cassidy (top photo) while seniors visit as volunteers boil the crawfish (right).

Sheriff Ivy Woods worked alongside District Attorney Michael Cassidy for the annual Council on Aging (COA) Annual Crawfish Boil. The crawfish boil, sponsored by DA Cassidy, is just one of the many community events for parish senior citizens the sheriff supports.

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The crawfish is seasoned to perfection as they’re poured from the pot.

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Sheriff Woods and D.A. Cassidy scoop the first servings of hot mudbugs for seniors.

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LAHS youth and members of the community volunteered to assist in serving the seniors.

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Before seniors began eating, D.A. Cassidy and Dy. Dartez, assisted by LAHS students, handed out door prizes to guests.



This year, Sheriff Ivey Woods donated two Deputy for the Day auction items to school fund raisers. The Deputy for the Day receives a first class tour to various offices and departments of the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Offices and other municipal offices.

The Deputies for the Day were Lacassine Elementary School (LES) fourth grader Hunter Vincent, of Lacassine and fifth grade Bethel Christian School (BCS) student Zechariah Reed, of Iota.

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LES fourth grader Hunter Vincent visited with Sheriff Woods before touring other areas of the Sheriff’s Office, Courthouse and CID Building.

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BCS fifth grader Zechariah Reed visits with Sheriff Woods while in the Sheriff’s Office, meeting other Deputies and touring the Courthouse.

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Fifth and sixth grade students of Lake Arthur Elementary School (LAES), Bethel Christian School (BCS), Hathaway High School (HHS) and Jennings Elementary School (JES) celebrated their D.A.R.E. Graduations in May. Over 250 students were recognized during the graduation ceremonies, including seventeen Role Models. The Role Models were treated to a group luncheon at a later date.

The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) is an international substance abuse prevention education program, founded in Los Angeles in 1983 as a drug control strategy of the American war on drugs. The program teaches students life skills on how to resist and prevent the use of drugs, bullying, violent or gang activity and behavior, as well as how to address a variety of issues many teens face today. Students who participate in the ten-week program pledge not to use drugs or join gangs and are taught the dangers of recreational drug use in an interactive in-school curriculum. The D.A.R.E. Program is taught by police officers in a series of lessons, allowing young people to relate to officers as people, opens lines of communication and also to see officers in a helping role, not just an enforcement roll.



In a highly selective process, each year high school students from all Jefferson Davis Parish schools who exhibit exceptional leadership qualities are chosen as D.A.R.E. Role Models. These students provide a positive influence for younger students who are enrolled in the D.A.R.E. Program.

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The spring 2018 Role Models included (front row, from left to right) Morgan Fontenot of Lake Arthur High School (LAHS), Maitlan LeBlanc, Brooke Hopkins and Summer Benoit of Jennings High School (JHS), and (back row, from left to right) Keynan Charles and Keelen McZeal of JHS and Lance Benoit of Bethel Christian School (BCS).

During the D.A.R. E. graduation ceremonies, these high school students are recognized, and later invited to a group with D.A.R.E. Officers Gale Richard (second from right) and Mika Miguez (far right) and SRO Tiffany Bertrand (far left).

Other parish Role Models not pictured were Brock Benoit and Ethan Reed of BCS; Brooklyn Mouton, Katelynn Rasberry, Hayden Duhon and Baylie Breaux of Hathaway High School; Sha’Davia Capdeville of JHS and Morgan Kayleigh Broussard, Cortrevan Matthews and Christian Trahan of LAHS. 



Deputies participate in 2018 Southwest Area Torch Run

Members of the Sheriff’s Department participated in the 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Louisiana (LETR).

LETR unites officers from law enforcement agencies and corrections departments across the state in an effort to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Louisiana. Each summer, law enforcement officials carry the Flame of Hope across the state culminating with the Torch Run Final Leg, and the lighting of the cauldron to officially open the Special Olympics Louisiana Summer Games in Hammond, La. The torch relay involves more than 5,500 law enforcement officers and personnel representing more than 200 law enforcement agencies across Louisiana. The 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run took place from May 14-20.

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Pictured here (from left to right) are Deputy Roxi Roy, Chief Deputy Chris Ivey, Commander Danette Hargrave, Commander Ramby Cormier, Deputy Aubrey Broussard and Det. Jason Chretien.

The three-mile run began at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy in Lake Charles and ended at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.



Det. Ron Martin was recently recognized during the Police, Fire and EMS Memorial Service and Banquet for his hard work in investigations.

During his career, Det. Martin devised a highly successful investigation method for burglary and theft investigations. This method proved to be so successful that burglary investigations ultimately became his specialty.

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Pictured here (from left to right) are JDSO Chief Deputy Chris Ivey, Det. Martin and his wife Sadiqa Martin and Sheriff Ivy Woods.

He has recently solved a high volume of burglary and theft cases within just a few months, personally making over 30 arrests, as well as many others due to warrants obtained during his investigations.

To the benefit of many Jeff Davis Parish citizens, Det. Martin’s dedication and hard work, which included working extra hours, often at night and on weekends, resulted in the solving of these cases and recovery of large amounts of property that was able to be returned to the owners.

He was recognized for these efforts during the memorial service and banquet held on May 17, at the Jennings Conference Center.



After two decades with the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, School Resource Officer (SRO Paul Pattum announced his retirement. During the annual Law Enforcement Appreciation luncheon held at Miguez Funeral Home, Deputy Pattum was greeted with a surprise retirement celebration from members of his division.

Pictured here (from left to right) are Commander Bill Kettler, D.A.R.E. Officer Gale Richard, Dy. Pattum’s wife Deondra Pattum, Dy. Paul Pattum, D.A.R.E. Officer Mika Miguez and SRO Tiffany Bertrand.
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Several businesses and organizations honored local law enforcement and first responders during Law Enforcement Appreciation Week by hosting luncheons. Some of those luncheons included the annual Miguez Funeral Home Law Enforcement Appreciation Luncheon and the First Baptist Church (FBC) of Welsh Law Enforcement Appreciation Luncheon.

During that week, Miguez employees and family prepared and served the pork steak luncheon with sides and dessert to members of law enforcement and first responder agencies from all over the parish who attended the outdoor event. Members of FBC of Welsh hosted a fried fish dinner with all the sides in a sit down or take out luncheon at the FBC in Welsh.

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While celebrating the end of the school year, students of Fenton Elementary School enjoyed music provided by the D.A.R.E. truck during an end of school bash.

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D.A.R.E. Officers Mika Miguez and SRO Officer Tiffany Bertrand participated in the Fenton Elementary School end of the school year fun day event.

Using the PA system in the D.A.R.E truck, Deputy Miguez and Deputy Bertrand provided music for the day, as well as interacted with students, participated in games and activities and also helped serve lunch to students.


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