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From the Desk of Sheriff Ivy J. Woods

From the Desk of the Sheriff:

Let me take this opportunity to thank the people of Jefferson Davis Parish for entrusting me with the position, Sheriff of Jefferson Davis Parish.  As we come to the end of my first year as sheriff, I am pleased to report that my administration is making great strides in providing the people of Jefferson Davis Parish with the protection and service they expect.  The residents and tax payers of Jefferson Davis expect our department to make wise use of the tax dollars dedicated to the sheriff’s office.  My staff constantly reviews our spending practices and we seek out the most cost efficient solutions.  We have upgraded some computer systems and are in the process of updating software programs to better serve the public.  We are providing our officers with equipment and training to help them do their job more safely.  Recently, we have added a second DARE Officer to teach our children how to avoid the pitfalls of drug use.  We have assigned a deputy as a parish wide SRO (School Resource Officer) that will deal with crime related issues that arise at the schools throughout the parish.  My office is working alongside the Jefferson Davis Parish Police Jury to solve the over crowed jail situation.  Our officers and investigators must have the ability to arrest the criminals that endanger our families and our property.  To accomplish this, our parish will require a larger capacity jail.  This project will not only benefit the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, but all law enforcement agencies in the parish.  A larger capacity parish jail will relieve the municipalities from the burden of operating their own jails.

I look forward to serving the people of Jefferson Davis Parish in the future.  I will continue to maintain an open door policy to the public.  I encourage you to contact my office for assistance or to report criminal activity.  Working together, we can keep Jeff Davis Parish safe for our families.    


- Sheriff Ivy J. Woods

Crime Tip Hotline  337-275-8188 or via Email