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Sheriff Pohlmann sworn in for third term.

Posted: July 7th, 2020 | Filed under: News Releases | Tags:

Sheriff Pohlmann sworn in for third term

St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann was sworn in Wednesday, July 1 for his third four-year term as Sheriff of St. Bernard during a small ceremony held at the St. Bernard Civic Center in Chalmette.

Retired Louisiana Supreme Court Judge Robert Klees presented the oath of office to the Sheriff, who was joined by his wife, Monique, and their two daughters.

Judge Klees also swore in Sheriff Pohlmann’s Chief Deputy Richard Baumy, as well as the senior command staff and the men and women of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office.

Joseph DiFatta was the emcee and Chaplain Aaron Johnson offered the opening and closing prayers. Several local dignitaries were in attendance, including District Attorney Perry Nicosia, Clerk of Court Randy Nunez, Tax Assessor Jaylynn Bergeron Turner, Judge Kim Jones and Judge Jeanne Juneau.

During the ceremony, the Sheriff thanked the men and women of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office for the diligent work they do to keep their community safe, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the trying times our nation is facing.

“I’m proud to have you guys as members of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office and I’m proud to be your leader,” the Sheriff said. “We need you. Our community needs you. I need you. And we all need to continue to work together to Keep St. Bernard Safe.”

A native of St. Bernard Parish, Sheriff Pohlmann began his career with the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office in 1983 when he was just 18 years old.

Sheriff Pohlmann has served in virtually all areas of the department, including Communications, Corrections, Patrol, Traffic, Criminal Investigations and SWAT. He has also held various command posts throughout his career, including SWAT Commanding Officer and Chief of Field Operations.

After serving as chief deputy for former St. Bernard Sheriff Jack A. Stephens for nearly four years, overseeing all law enforcement operations, he was first elected sheriff in November 2011. Sheriff Pohlmann was re-elected without opposition in 2015 and in 2019.


Deputies graduate from P.O.S.T. Academy.

Posted: July 7th, 2020 | Filed under: News Releases | Tags:

St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office
deputies graduate from P.O.S.T. Academy

Five St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies graduated July 2 from the Peace Officers Standards and Training, or P.O.S.T., basic police academy at the St. Charles Parish Regional P.O.S.T. Academy.

Graduates are: Dep. Randall Parker, Dep. Nicholas Lambert, Dep. Dawn Penney, Dep. Jared Bazile and Dep. Anthony Arnona.

Dep. Bazile was named valedictorian of the class for having the highest grade-point average.

The academy includes more than 500 hours of training in basic police work over 13 weeks, including firearms use, criminal investigation, patrol procedures, writing reports, driving training, physical fitness and other areas.

Capt. Stephen Ingargiola and Capt. Adrian Chalona attended the ceremony.


SBSO participates in Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign.

Posted: July 7th, 2020 | Filed under: News Releases | Tags:

St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office participates in
‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign

The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office is participating in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” high-visibility law enforcement campaign to prevent drunk driving during the Fourth of July holiday.

Beginning today, July 2 through Sunday, July 5, deputies will be taking to parish streets and highways to participate in the campaign, which is funded by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office received a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to conduct these types of additional traffic safety enforcement activities.

Sheriff James Pohlmann, who is a member of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, representing the 1st Congressional District, feels grants such as this one are an important tool for the Sheriff’s Office.

“These types of programs promote safety on our state roads and highway systems,” Sheriff Pohlmann said. “Too many people are needlessly killed or injured each year in traffic accidents. We will not tolerate motorists driving on our roadways while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.”

The grant also allows the Sheriff’s Office to have deputies perform seat belt checks and DWI sobriety checkpoints at various times throughout the year.

The LHSC is responsible for developing and administering the state’s traffic safety program by cooperating with the federal government and other entities for the purpose of highway safety.

In addition to administering the state’s highway safety grants program, the LHSC also prepares highway safety plans; studies, evaluates and prepares statistics regarding motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and deaths; and obtains federal funds for use within the state for highway safety purposes. Programs and projects are administered in accordance with uniform guidelines.



St. Bernard fireworks ordinance

Posted: July 7th, 2020 | Filed under: News Releases

St. Bernard Parish fireworks ordinance
When can they be used legally for Fourth of July?

According to St. Bernard Parish ordinance, here are the times when fireworks can legally be used in the parish surrounding the 4th of July celebration:

From June 25 through July 2, fireworks can legally be used from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m.

On July 3 and 4, fireworks can be used from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m.

On July 5, they can be used from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m., when all use of fireworks must end for the 4th of July period.

Any use outside these hours would be considered illegal disturbing of the peace.