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St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office offers Halloween safety tips

Posted: October 19th, 2017 | Filed under: News Releases

It’s that time of year again: time for some tricks and some treats. With that in mind, the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office is working hard to ensure residents have a spook-tacular time this Halloween by stepping up patrols and offering some safety tips as well.

As it has for years, the Sheriff’s Office will step up DWI and traffic enforcement on highways and in neighborhoods the weekend prior to Halloween, leading up to and on Oct. 31, for the protection of trick-or-treating children and adult party-goers, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

“Motorists are asked to slow down, be extra cautious and be especially watchful for pedestrians,’’ the Sheriff said.

Drivers should also look for possible roadblocks or barricades in neighborhoods, and are urged not to go around them.

Capt. Charles Borchers, director of community relations and the Neighborhood Watch programs for the Sheriff’s Office, adds that parents should be vigilant about where they allow their children to venture.

“Children and their parents who are trick-or-treating should be especially careful in areas where there are still vacant properties,” he said.

Here are some other Halloween safety tips offered by the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office:

  • Make sure children understand to never enter a stranger’s home, and when trick-or-treating is over no goodies should be eaten until they are taken home and sorted out to check that they are safe.

  • Plan to wear costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure shoes fit well and costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flames. Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.

  • Also, when shopping for costumes, wigs or accessories, purchase only those with a label indicating they are flame-resistant.

  • Secure emergency identification, such as your child’s name, address, and phone number, discreetly within Halloween attire or on a bracelet. Consider using makeup rather than masks since masks can limit or block visibility.

  • Provide each child with a flashlight or battery-powered lantern with fresh batteries.

  • Always travel in groups and make sure a parent or responsible adult accompanies young children on their neighborhood rounds.

  • Make sure children know their home phone number or a parent’s cell phone number and know to call 911 if they have an emergency or become lost.

  • Only trick-or-treat in well-known neighborhoods at homes that have a lit porch light.

  • Secure pets at home so they don’t get excited or run away when children come to your residence looking for treats.



St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office attends Night Out Against Crime gatherings

Posted: October 18th, 2017 | Filed under: News Releases

The Old Arabi Neighborhood Association held its Night Out Against Crime celebration at Arabi Food Store on Friscoville Avenue.

St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann speaks at First Pentecostal Church of Chalmette’s Night Out Against Crime gathering held Oct. 17.

St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann speaks with First Pentecostal Church of Chalmette Pastor Otto Martin, right, and his wife, Danita Martin, during the church’s Night Out Against Crime celebration.

St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann, center, with First Pentecostal Church of Chalmette Pastor Otto Martin, right, and Thomas Rome, outreach director, left, during the church’s annual Night Out Against Crime event.

Capt. Charles Borchers, director of community relations and the Neighborhood Watch programs for the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office, speaks to the crowd at the Night Out Against Crime party held at First Pentecostal Church of Chalmette.

Stanley Simeon, coordinator of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Addiction Resource Program, speaks to those in attendance at First Pentecostal Church of Chalmette’s Night Out Against Crime gathering.

St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann, right, and Lt. Chip Englande, left, speak with Anthony Fernandez during a Night Out Against Crime party held on St. Matthew Circle in Violet.

St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann with Sophie Dominick, center, and Oliver Banks during St. Matthew Circle’s Night Out Against Crime gathering in Violet.

St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann visited several Night Out Against Crime gatherings Oct. 17, including this one on St. Matthew Circle in Violet.

Sgt. Chris Scheeler, left, and Lt. Robert Broadhead celebrate Night Out Against Crime with Violet residents Russell Banks and Latrika Shaw on St. Matthew Circle in Violet.

St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office deputies who visited various Night Out Against Crime celebrations included, from left: Det. Donald Shreve, Sgt. Jesse Gernados, Sgt. Ryan Melerine, Det. Daniel Carreras, Det. Joe Warren and Lt. Robert Broadhead.

St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann, Lt. Robert Broadhead and Dep. Clayten Burns were among the members of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office who visited with residents of Old Arabi during the Old Arabi Neighborhood Association’s Night Out Against Crime party held at Arabi Food Store on Friscoville Avenue.

St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann, center, and Lt. Robert Broadhead visits with residents during a Night Out Against Crime party held on St. Matthew Circle in Violet.

St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann with some of the children who participated in a Night Out Against Crime gathering held at First Pentecostal Church of Chalmette.

St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann with Violet resident Latrika Shaw during a Night Out Against Crime celebration held on St. Matthew Circle.

Dep. Clayten Burns played some football with his son, Liam, right, and his friend Max during the Old Arabi Neighborhood Association’s Night Out Against Crime celebration held at Arabi Food Store.

St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann shares a meal with residents of Jumonville North subdivision in Meraux during a Night Out Against Crime celebration.

Det. Joe Warren hangs out with Night Out Against Crime party-goers, from left: Hunter, Justin and Landon.

Celebrating Night Out Against Crime at Arabi Food Store on Friscoville Avenue in Old Arabi are, from left: St. Bernard Parish President Guy McInnis, St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann, Max Landry, Dep. Mitch Perkins, and Lt. Robert Broadhead. Also pictured is Landry’s son, Max.

On Tuesday night, Oct. 17, several hundred St. Bernard Parish residents from Arabi to the eastern end of the parish gathered to celebrate the National Night Out Against Crime.

Some were at homes, one was on the grounds of a Chalmette church, and another at a business in Old Arabi. More than 20 parties were held in Arabi, Chalmette, Meraux and Violet. St. Bernard Sheriff’s deputies attended each event to give crime prevention tips and answer questions.

St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann visited a number of gatherings, conveying the message that it’s the people of St. Bernard Parish who keep it a safe place by backing law enforcement and by being willing to call the Sheriff’s Office if they see something suspicious in their neighborhood.

For the eighth year, the First Pentecostal Church of Chalmette has put out a bounce center for kids on their church grounds, opened their community room and thrown a party for members and neighbors of the church to get together.

Pastor Otto Martin said the goal is to get people together to support one another and let them know they have something in common – wanting to live safely.

“It helps introduce our neighborhood to the police officers and the police officers to us, and it also gives us a chance to intermingle and get to know each other better,” Pastor Martin said.

At the church on Palmisano Boulevard and East St. Bernard Highway, Sheriff Pohlmann spoke to parents and children, congratulating the group for having such large participation each year.

The Sheriff said National Night Out Against Crime is a way for people with something in common – the desire to protect their neighborhood against crime – to get together and pledge to look out for each other’s property and safety.

Sheriff Pohlmann said if something doesn’t look right to you, call the Sheriff’s Office at (504) 271-2501. It could help prevent a crime.

Capt. Charles Borchers, director of community relations and the Neighborhood Watch programs for the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office, also spoke to the crowd about the importance of locking their doors to deter criminals.

St. Bernard Constable Hillary Miller and Doug Cheramie, a representative from Attorney General Jeff Landry’s office, also were in attendance.

The Old Arabi Neighborhood Association held this year’s Night Out party at Arabi Food Store on Friscoville Avenue.

Event organizer and OANA President Barry Lemoine said it was “an opportunity for the community to get together and do a little getting-to-know their neighbors.’’

“We felt this is a venue that would better celebrate the neighborhood,” Lemoine said of this year’s location choice. “It’s in the heart of the neighborhood and we felt it would draw more people rather than having it at an individual’s home.”

Lemoine said the event drew nearly 100 people.

National Night Out has been celebrated more than 30 years around the nation in August. Several local leaders in Southeast Louisiana opted in 2011 to move the event to October to escape the summer heat.

Sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, National Night Out Against Crime was introduced in 1984 to strengthen participation in local anti-crime efforts. The annual campaign involves more than 30 million participants, including residents, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses and members of the military.



St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office to hold drug take-back day

Posted: October 16th, 2017 | Filed under: News Releases

St. Bernard Parish Sheriff James Pohlmann encourages residents to properly dispose of unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications on Saturday, Oct. 28 as the Sheriff’s Office participates in the annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back.

Narcotics officers with the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office will accept unwanted medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the department’s substation, 7001 W. Judge Perez Drive in Arabi, near the corner of Aycock Street.

“Residents should take this opportunity to clean out their medicine cabinets and get rid of unused drugs so they don’t fall into the hands of youngsters who might misuse them or thieves who could sell them on our streets,” Sheriff Pohlmann said.

The initiative, part of a national effort spearheaded by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, has seen more than 4.8 million pounds of prescription drugs collected since its inception in 2010.

St. Bernard residents who are unable to attend the local take-back event can contact the Sheriff’s Office at (504) 271-DOPE or 3673 at any time to speak with a deputy about surrendering unwanted medications, Sheriff Pohlmann said. A narcotics officer will return the call and make arrangements to collect and destroy the drugs.



Closed for Columbus Day

Posted: October 8th, 2017 | Filed under: News Releases

The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office administrative offices will be closed on Monday, Oct. 9 in observance of Columbus Day. The administrative offices will reopen on Tuesday, Oct. 10.



St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office deputies visit with local school children

Posted: October 6th, 2017 | Filed under: News Releases

Sgt. Eric Eilers hands out deputy badge stickers to pre-K students at J.F Gauthier Elementary School in eastern St. Bernard.

J.F. Gauthier Elementary School pre-K students learn about how handcuffs are used by deputies from Sgt. Eric Eilers.

J.F. Gauthier Elementary School pre-K students got a chance to climb through Sgt. Eric Eilers’ patrol unit.

Lt. Brent Bourgeois speaks to students at Joseph Davies Elementary School in Meraux.

Agent Brian Canepa, left, Agent Chelsie Soulagnet, center, and Capt. Bret Bowen, right, give Joseph Davies Elementary School pre-K students a lift inside and out of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office SWAT truck.

Capt. Ronnie Martin, left, and Lt. Pat Childress give Joseph Davies Elementary pre-K students a chance to sit in a St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office SWAT vehicle.

Deputies from the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office received a ‘thank you’ poster from pre-K students they visited with at Joseph Davis Elementary School. With the poster are, from left: Capt. Ronnie Martin, Capt. Bret Bowen, Agent Brian Canepa, Agent Chelsie Soulagnet, Lt. Mike Ingargiola, and Lt. Brent Bourgeois.

Deputies from the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office recently visited with pre-K students at Joseph Davies Elementary School.

Lt. Mike Ingargiola shows off a ‘thank you for your service’ poster made for deputies by pre-K students at Joseph Davis Elementary School.

Deputies from the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office Community Relations division and the SWAT team recently visited with local elementary school students to speak about officer duties and show them various vehicles and equipment used by the department.



St. Bernard Sheriff’s office to distribute sandbags

Posted: October 5th, 2017 | Filed under: News Releases

Due to conditions expected from Tropical Storm Nate, the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office will distribute free sandbags to parish residents Friday, Oct. 6 from 1 to 7 p.m. at the sandbag barn in the old Kaiser facility at the rear of the Port of St. Bernard in Chalmette.

“We have sandbags that have been pre-made and are ready to be given to residents of St. Bernard,” Sheriff James Pohlmann said. Parish prisoners make the sandbags throughout the year in preparation for the next hurricane season.

St. Bernard residents must show proof of residency in order to receive sandbags, and there will be a limit of 15 per vehicle, Sheriff Pohlmann said.

Motorists wishing to pick up the sandbags at the Port can enter the road to the port off West St. Bernard Highway at Keane Drive, next to the old Kaiser smokestack, and follow the road to the rear of the port, near the Mississippi River levee. Deputies will be there to assist, the Sheriff said.

The Sheriff’s Office is monitoring weather conditions associated with Tropical Storm Nate and are in constant contact with local parish government leaders, officials from surrounding parishes and the National Weather Service.

“We’re reviewing our plans and are ready for this rain event,” Sheriff James Pohlmann said. “We also are prepared to bring in extra manpower to help with traffic control and road closures if need be.”

Sheriff Pohlmann reminds residents to use caution when driving down residential streets with standing water. Residents who drive down flooded streets, endangering the property of others, can be fined up to $500.

Residents who would like to report any problems or suspicious activity in their neighborhood can contact the Sheriff’s Office at (504) 271-2501.

“We are urging all residents and businesses to get prepared and stay informed,” Sheriff Pohlmann said.



St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office attends first annual Recover Rally

Posted: October 2nd, 2017 | Filed under: SBSO News

Organizers of the 1st annual St. Bernard Parish National Recovery Month Rally held Sept. 23 in the St. Bernard Parish government complex council chambers in Chalmette are, from left: Jack Lafitte, James Terluin, Mike Sherwood, Robert Feezkus, and Tia Serigne.

Pastor Aaron Johnson, St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office chaplain, and pastor for The Gathering.

Capt. Adrian Chalona, St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office corrections division.

Stanley Simeon, St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Addiction Resource Program coordinator.

St. Bernard Parish Residents of Recovery recently joined forces with local mental health community resources to present the 1st annual St. Bernard Parish National Recovery Month Rally. Held Sept. 23 in the St. Bernard Parish government complex council chambers in Chalmette, the event featured guest speakers from various local organizations who touched on substance abuse and mental health resources which are available within the community.

Members of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office who were in attendance included Capt. Adrian Chalona, corrections division; Stanley Simeon, coordinator of the department’s Addiction Resource Program; and Pastor Aaron Johnson, Sheriff’s Office chaplain.

National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. For more information about Recovery Month, visit recoverymonth.gov/about.

For more information about the Sheriff’s Office Addiction Resource Program, call Stanley Simeon at (504) 517-2944 or (504) 278-7659. The program offers guidance for those suffering from alcohol addiction, substance abuse, gambling and life controlling problems. Participation is confidential.



St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Citizens Police Academy’s 19th year

Posted: October 2nd, 2017 | Filed under: SBSO News

Col. Chad Clark, chief of detectives of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Crime Investigations Bureau, speaks to Citizens Police Academy participants about the importance of locking their vehicles to deny thieves easy access and the dangers caused by social media. With Col. Clark are, from left: Lt. Michelle Canepa, commander of the Sheriff’s Office Juvenile Detective Bureau, and Capt. Mark Jackson, assistant chief of detectives of the Crime Investigations Bureau.

Lt. Mike Ingargiola, of the Traffic Division, speaks to Citizens Police Academy participants about speeding and the use of radar guns by Sheriff’s Office deputies in an effort to ensure motorist safely.

Capt. Ronnie Martin, assistant commander of the Special Investigations Division and the SWAT team, speaks to members of the 2017 Citizens Police Academy about the SWAT team’s role at the Sheriff’s Office.

Capt. Bret Bowen, who oversees equipment for the Sheriff’s Office, shows off the many attributes of the department’s Mobile Command Post to members of the 2017 Citizens Police Academy.

Sgt. Chris Scheeler, of the Special Operations division, left, and Capt. Daniel Doucet, a member of the Bomb Squad, speak to Citizens Police Academy participants about how the Sheriff’s Office bomb robot is used by the department.

Cpl. Tommy Duplessis, of the Special Investigations Division Street Crimes Unit, left, and Lt. Robert Roger, of the SID Narcotics Division, show members of the Citizens Police Academy some of the equipment used by the department.

The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office is currently about halfway through the 19th session of its Citizens Police Academy, a 10-week program designed to provide residents with the opportunity to learn more about what the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office do on a day-to-day basis to keep their community safe.

This year’s program, which kicked off Aug. 23 and will wrap up with a graduation ceremony on Oct. 26, is affording a few dozen residents with an inside look at the multiple aspects of police work.

Sheriff James Pohlmann said participants have been hearing from veteran representatives of each division of the Sheriff’s Office who speak on various phases of law enforcement, including patrol work, narcotics enforcement, detective duties, and SWAT team demonstrations.

“This course gives great insight on how and why things are handled in a certain manner,” Sheriff Pohlmann said.

The annual course is coordinated by Capt. Charles Borchers and Sgt. Eric Eilers.