St. Bernard deputies graduate from P.O.S.T. police academy

Six St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies and an officer from the Slidell Police Department graduated July 26 after a 92-hour Corrections Division course in Peace Officers Standards and Training, or P.O.S.T., Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

The corrections course, which helps better prepare deputies to work in a prison environment or Juvenile Detention Center, covers topics such as defensive tactics, booking procedures, report writing and the use of force lesson plans. Deputies also are trained in the use of pepper spray, which includes each officer being pepper-sprayed in order to learn firsthand about its effects.

The course, held at the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Training Center in Chalmette, was led by instructors Capt. Dennis Morgan, Lt. Kyle Brown, Cpl. Brandon Lewis and Dep. Darlene Ricks of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Corrections Division.

St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office deputies who were graduates of the class are: Dep. Eliasib Martinez, Dep. Wayne Mendoza Jr., Dep. Grant Evans, Dep. Kory Lajoie, Dep. Michael Delise and Dep. Marisa Ansalve.

The Slidell graduate is Ofc. Robert Haas.