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Sheriff’s Deputies, School Teachers Practice Active Shooter Response

Working through school resource officers with the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office, principals of JS Aucoin Elementary and Centerville High School facilitated active shooter response drills for faculty. Teachers were given the opportunity to enhance their individual response tactics and given insight into how the response by law enforcement unfolds. 

The proactive exercises strengthen planned response to an armed intruder entering a school.

Sheriff Mark Hebert says, “During an active shooter event, we rely on the teachers and staff of our schools to keep our children safe in those critical moments before law enforcement arrives. These drills help us achieve efficient and effective response at all levels.”

The drills, which included simulated gunfire, were conducted by members of the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office Patrol and Narcotics Sections, and Special Response Team in October and November. Following the drills, Sheriff’s Office staff and the Morgan City Fire Department Assistant Chief briefed teachers on potential security concerns and presented information on active shooter incidents that have occurred in other parts of the country. 

“These joint training efforts are part of our commitment to work closely with our schools to increase school safety. This service is available to any school in St. Mary Parish that requests it from the Sheriff’s Office, ” says Hebert.

To schedule a presentation, contact Captain Sennet Wiggins at 985-384-1622.



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Detective Beau Martin at Centerville High School


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Captain Sennet Wiggins at Centerville High School


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Assistant Chief Daniel Clemons of the Morgan City Fire Department at Centerville High School


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Sgt Oscar West, School Resource Officer at J.S. Aucoin Elementary 


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From left to right are: Jared Ross and Tammilee Kelly, Assistant Principals at Centerville High School; Deputy Walter Shepherd and Sergeant Oscar West, School Resource Officers; Chief of Staff Gary Driskell, Centerville High School Principal Kristina Estay; Detective Whytley Jones; Captain Sennet Wiggins; Detective Beau Martin; and Morgan City Fire Department Assistant Chief Daniel Clemons.




Contact Information:

Traci Landry

Detective Lieutenant

St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office

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