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MADD Commemorate 20 Years in St. Mary Parish at Top Cop Ceremony

 

For the 20th year, the St. Mary Parish chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving honored law enforcement officers for their work in keeping the roads and highways of St. Mary Parish safe.

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MADD board member Jacki Ackel said the group found their direction those 2 decades ago with the help of leaders from within the criminal justice system. St. Mary MADD created a Victim Impact Panel, a program to help drunk and drugged driving offenders recognize and internalize the lasting and long-term effects of substance-impaired driving.

 

Guest speaker, former St. Mary Parish Sheriff David Naquin, spoke about the impact MADD has had on St. Mary Parish over the years. He recounted the story of the boy saving stranded starfish by throwing them one by one back into the ocean. When the boy was told there was no way he could save them all he replies, “It made a difference for that one.”

 

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Guest Speaker, Former St. Mary Parish Sheriff David Naquin

 

Since its inception in St. Mary Parish, MADD has tracked drunk and drugged driving arrests. St. Mary Parish law enforcement agencies have made a total of 4,568 DWI arrests in those 20 years. 187 of those were made over the last year. That number is up by 25 from the previous year.

 

Helping to make a difference for the parish from the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office are Lieutenant Mathew Moore and Sgt Dustin Kennedy who were presented with the TOP COP award for the Sheriff’s Office. Over the last year, Moore and Kennedy each made 6 arrests on the charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Overall, Sheriff’s Office deputies took a total of 56 suspected drunk drivers off the road. 50 were 1st offenses and 6 were arrested for 2nd offense drunk driving.

 

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Board Member Scott Berry presents Lieutenant Mathew Moore with the Top Cop Award

 

DSC_0384.JPG Board Member Scott Berry presents Sergeant Dustin Kennedy with the Top Cop Award

 

DSC_0419.JPG Chief Deputy Scott Anslum, Parish President David Hannagriff, and Major John Kahl, Jr. join Lt Moore and Sgt Kennedy

 

St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Scott Anslum was also recognized for his leadership contributions and support of deputies in their work to keep impaired drivers off the roads.

 

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Chief Deputy Scott Anslum 

 

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office joined Louisiana State Police, Chitimacha Tribal Police Department, Morgan City, Patterson, Berwick, and Franklin Police Departments at the Lamp Post in Franklin for the MADD Top Cop ceremony held Thursday evening, November 30, 2017.

 

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Traci Landry

Detective Lieutenant

St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office

Public Information Office

985-354-0714

pio@stmaryso.com

http://www.stmaryso.com/      

 


The K-9 Life (At Home)
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Above, Detective Chris Crappell (with coffee) and K-9 Buddy at a morning briefing in the squad room. Below, K-9 Buddy patiently plays dress up with his partner's daughters.K-9 Tutu.jpg

 

 

Becoming a K-9 handler is a lifestyle change that affects more than just the deputy taking on the responsibility of a police dog. St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office K-9 handler Detective Chris Crappell explains.

 

My 6-year-old daughter, who is a big help and had learned to speak Dutch like Buddy, says, “It's good to live with Buddy because if a bad guy comes in, he will bite him. Buddy eats dog food and only at night because he doesn't eat at daytime. Buddy got a new leash. “At bath time, we bathe Buddy outside because he will get the whole place all hairy. Buddy has fun at the camp. He rides in a cage when we go to vacation. When we went to dig for diamonds (in Arkansas). Buddy watched over everybody for bad guys. He's like a 5-year-old and that's like me but I'm 6. When you throw Buddy's toy you have to say aport and not fetch because he's trained in Dutch.” “He's a good protector but he's mostly fun. When he goes outside he plays with us.”

 

My 11-year-old daughter says, “Whenever we first got buddy, you couldn't play with him because he's still getting used to you. He is our family but we still have to be careful because he is a cop dog. He's like a brother. He protects every good person. I think if more cops have dogs it could be

easier to find more drugs and stop more bad guys. He gets excited when we let him out. He's the best dog ever."

 

My 2-year-old daughter says, “I like to hug him".

 

I hope you enjoyed a look into our life with Buddy. In closing, I'd like to thank everyone for the care and support you give me and Buddy as we work to fight crime.

 

- Detective Chris Crappell

 


Take Notice, Being Observant in a Busy World

 

These are some basic first steps in becoming more observant and attuned to your surroundings. The ability to recognize danger can help keep you and your family safe. 

Take Notice, Being Observant in a Busy World

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Contact Information:

Traci Landry

Detective Lieutenant

St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office

Public Information Office

985-354-0714

pio@stmaryso.com

www.stmaryso.com                                      

 

 


Sheriff Recognizes Deputy of the 1st Quarter

Sheriff Mark Hebert announces the Deputy of the Quarter for the first quarter of 2017. Uniformed Patrol Section Lieutenant Mathew Moore accepted the award from Sheriff Hebert at St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office headquarters in Franklin earlier this month. Sheriff’s deputies are occasionally called to act in a manner beyond routine expectations. The Deputy of the Quarter Award is presented to an employee of the St. Mary Sheriff’s Office who exemplifies that standard. Sheriff Hebert recognizes Lt Moore for his outstanding service above and beyond the call of duty. During a traffic stop, Lt Moore went to great lengths to assist a fatigued driver and a passenger in getting home safely. He has also gone above & beyond in recognizing by-standers for the assistance they gave to law enforcement during a criminal investigation. Sheriff Hebert commends Moore for these outstanding acts and for the professionalism and courtesy he demonstrates daily in his interactions with the citizens of St. Mary Parish. Sheriff Hebert and Chief Deputy Scott Anslum presented Lt Moore with the award certificate and a challenge coin.

 

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Contact Information:

Traci Landry

Detective Lieutenant

St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office

Public Information Office

985-354-0714

pio@stmaryso.com

www.stmaryso.com                                      


St. Mary Law Enforcement Officers Take On Teaching Role at School Safety Summit

 

On Tuesday, June 6, 2017, law enforcement agencies from across the parish met with school administrators at the St. Mary Schools Safety Summit. The annual gathering features guest speakers who focus on topics such as school climate, culture, safety, and security.

 

Partnered with law enforcement officers from various agencies, attendees broke out into groups to examine their action plans to respond to an active shooter event. The groups were presented with scenarios that had no right or wrong answers. The mental exercise helped participants understand what they would and could do during an active shooter event.

 

Sheriff Mark Hebert says, “I thank the superintendent, school board, principals and administrators for their willingness to take proactive steps like these training exercises to help ensure the safety of our children.”

 

Among the participating agencies pictured are the Morgan City Police Department, Franklin Police Department, Berwick Police Department, the St. Mary Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, and the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office. 

 

 

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Contact Information:

Traci Landry

Detective Lieutenant

St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office

Public Information Office

985-354-0714

pio@stmaryso.com

www.stmaryso.com                


 
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