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Sheriff’s Office free Holiday Ride Home program.

Posted: December 13th, 2019 | Filed under: News Releases | Tags:

Sheriff’s Office free Holiday Ride Home program. Lets remember with all the holiday parties that will be going on starting soon. St. Bernard residents who have too much to drink during the holiday season can call the Sheriff’s Office at (504) 271-2501 for a safe ride home.

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St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office receives donation

Posted: December 13th, 2019 | Filed under: News Releases | Tags:

St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office receives donation

The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office recently received a $2,500 donation from Amanda Miller Realty in memory of the late Sterling Joseph “Joey” Cardon III.

The donation will be used to purchase equipment for the department. Accepting the donation on behalf of the Sheriff’s Office is Maj. Walter Dornan.

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St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office holds appreciation dinner for Reserve Division depu

Posted: December 13th, 2019 | Filed under: News Releases | Tags:

St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office holds appreciation dinner for Reserve Division deputies

A holiday celebration was held Dec. 5 to honor members of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Reserve Division, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

The dinner, held at The Palms in Arabi, takes place each year to honor the dedication of Reserve Division deputies – unpaid, volunteer officers who supplement the department’s police force in specific situations.

Capt. Charles Borchers, commander of the Reserve Division, said Reserve officers work during large scale events such as festivals, parades and athletic events throughout the parish, as well as performing extra patrols at local businesses during the busy holiday shopping season.

Reserve Dep. Sgt. Sal D’Antoni was recognized at the celebration for having the most hours on duty as a reserve deputy for 2019.

Capt. Borchers, who also serves as head of community relations and longtime Crime-Prevention and Neighborhood Watch director for the Sheriff’s Office, also was honored at the event with a plaque of appreciation for more than four decades of dedicated service.

Capt. Borchers will retire at the end of the year after 45 years in law enforcement, with 31 served at the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office.

Rita and Floyd Gue and Chris Haines and Bill Haines with the Meraux Foundation also were in attendance to present the Sheriff’s Office with a donation for the Reserve Division.

Sheriff Pohlmann thanked the Reserve Division deputies during the banquet for their devoted services.

“We couldn’t do what we do so efficiently without the help of our Reserve Division deputies,” Sheriff Pohlmann said.

Capt. Borchers said there are currently about two dozen Reserve Division deputies, and the department always welcomes new applicants.

“You do not need a background in law enforcement,” Capt. Borchers said. “We provide all training and supply uniforms as well.”

Reserve Division deputies attend an 80-hour basic law enforcement in-service training course, twice a week for 10 weeks. Capt. Borchers said many Reserve Division deputies have gone on to become full-time, paid officers.

To apply, Capt. Borchers said a person must meet the following criteria:

-Live in St. Bernard Parish
-Be at least 21 years old
-Have earned a high school diploma or GED
-Have a clean police record; background checks will be conducted.

For more information, or to obtain an application, contact Capt. Borchers at (504) 278-7628 or Sgt. Eric Eilers at (504) 278-7799.

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St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office holds ‘Refuse To Be A Victim’ lecture

Posted: December 13th, 2019 | Filed under: News Releases | Tags:

St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office holds ‘Refuse To Be A Victim’ lecture

St. Bernard Parish residents looking for free expert advice on crime prevention measures for their home or business attended the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office annual “Refuse To Be A Victim” lecture Wednesday, Nov. 13 in the Sheriff’s Office Training Center in Chalmette.

The two-hour class was presented by Capt. Charles Borchers, head of community relations and longtime Crime-Prevention and Neighborhood Watch director for the Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Eric Eilers, and Dep. Aaron Johnson, who also serves as the Sheriff’s Office chaplain.

“Refuse To Be A Victim,” a nationally recognized program founded in 1993, provides sound advice on how residents can limit their chances of becoming a victim of crime.

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2019 St. Bernard Property Tax notices mailed; Due by Dec. 31

Posted: December 13th, 2019 | Filed under: News Releases | Tags:

2019 St. Bernard Property Tax notices mailed; Due by Dec. 31

The St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office, in accordance with Louisiana law, has mailed the 2019 property tax notices via U.S. mail to parish property owners and the taxes must be paid by Dec. 31 before becoming delinquent.

These notices were mailed to the address on file as provided to the St. Bernard Parish Tax Assessor’s Office.

If anyone receives a tax notice for property they no longer own, please notify the Sheriff’s Civil Tax Office at (504) 271-2504 during regular business hours – Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

If a property owner has moved and hasn’t received their 2019 tax bill, they need to call the Sheriff’s Office to give their new mailing address so the tax bill can be sent to them, and they also must call or visit the St. Bernard Tax Assessor’s office to give their permanent address change.

The Tax Assessor’s office is located at 2118 Jackson Blvd., directly behind the Parish Courthouse in Chalmette. The Tax Assessor’s number is (504) 279-6379.

The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office only maintains the address change for the current mailing. The Assessor’s Office keeps the permanent address.

The Sheriff’s Civil Tax office is located on the second floor of the Sheriff’s Annex, at #2 Courthouse Square in Chalmette. The Annex – which is raised above ground – faces Pakenham Drive and is the second of two buildings directly behind the Courthouse.

The Civil Division office, where such bills are paid, will close at 3 p.m. on Dec. 20 and will be closed Dec. 23 through Dec. 26 for the Christmas holiday. The office will re-open at 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 27.

The office also will close Dec. 31 for the New Year’s holiday and will re-open at 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 2.

There is a drop box at the front entrance to the building for after-hours use. Tax bills can also be paid online on the Sheriff’s Office website at www.sbso.org. Go to the left side of the front page to a tan-colored box near the top which says Pay Property Taxes.

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St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office deputy honored by local Performing Arts Center

Posted: December 13th, 2019 | Filed under: News Releases | Tags:

St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office deputy honored by local Performing Arts Center

The Devoted Performing Arts Center in Chalmette recently held an online Facebook contest to honor a St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy.

The center, which provides cheer, dance and music lessons for children, holds online contests several times throughout the year to honor veterans, deputies, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and paramedics for their service to the community. Facebook users are asked to nominate their favorite deputy, and the winner is selected by random draw from all names submitted.

St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Dep. Barry Johnson, who works in the Field Operations Bureau’s Patrol Division 2nd Platoon, was the most recent honoree. Dep. Johnson was presented with a $75 gift certificate to Barney’s Police Supplies in Metairie by Rachel Roussel, visionary leader at Devoted Performing Arts Center.

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Sheriff James Pohlmann and the men and women of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office

Posted: November 12th, 2019 | Filed under: News Releases | Tags:

Sheriff James Pohlmann and the men and women of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office would like to thank all veterans for their service.

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SBSO at Home Depot Kids Safety Day 2019

Posted: November 12th, 2019 | Filed under: News Releases | Tags:

St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office at Home Depot Kids Safety Day

The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office is participating in The Chalmette Home Depot’s annual St. Bernard Kids Safety Day today (Nov. 9) until 2 p.m. in The Home Depot parking lot, 8601 W. Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

The event is open to St. Bernard Parish children of all ages who are accompanied by an adult.
There are games, food, refreshments, and a workshop where children are shown how to build various things.

The Sheriff’s Office has on display various pieces of special equipment, including its armored SWAT vehicle and bomb robot.

The St. Bernard Fire Department’s Fire Safety House is there to show kids how to drop and roll on the floor to escape smoke in a burning building.

The St. Bernard Antique Auto Club’s car show also is taking place in the parking lot.

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St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office participates in annual Veterans Day parade 2019

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St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office participates in annual Veterans Day parade

The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office joined forces with several other agencies, including Parish Government and the Fire Department, to participate in the parish’s annual Veterans Day parade held Nov. 9 in Chalmette, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

Coordinated by St. Bernard Parish Government, the celebration is held each year to show appreciation for veterans of all branches of the military who have served in the past, as well as those who serve and protect today.

The parade, which began at 9 a.m. near the corner of West Judge Perez Drive and Old Hickory Avenue, disbanded at the Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center in Chalmette. Several veterans participated in the parade, as well as school marching groups and Honor Guard, Color Guard and ROTC.

Immediately following the parade, parish officials honored veterans during a ceremony in front of the Veterans Monument at the Civic Center.

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St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office offers holiday safety tips

Posted: November 12th, 2019 | Filed under: News Releases | Tags:

St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office offers holiday safety tips

With the holiday season in full force, many of us will find ourselves rushing from place to place, making lists, and stressing over finding the perfect gift for that special loved one. Busy schedules, holiday parties and heightened stress can leave us distracted and not aware of our surroundings causing us to become easy targets for criminals, St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

Whether you’re shopping in the parish or elsewhere during this holiday season, Sheriff Pohlmann urges St. Bernard Parish residents to take extra precautions to avoid becoming a victim of theft or robbery.

“Remember to pay close attention to your surroundings when doing holiday shopping,’’ the Sheriff said. “It’s possible someone may be watching to take advantage of you because you’re distracted.”

Since the holidays are a time when people often let their guard down because they’re on the go, Sheriff Pohlmann said, “Remembering some common sense safety tips can reduce the chances of something going wrong.”

The Sheriff recommends shopping with a buddy or in a group, but if you must go alone, be aware of your surroundings and follow these simple tips:

Pay attention to where you park while shopping and, at night, park only in areas that are well-lit. Always try to park as close as possible to the store’s entrance, and remember to lock your vehicle doors. Taking a photo of where you parked with your cell phone is also helpful in case you forget.
Once in a store, men should protect their wallets from pickpockets and women should remember not to leave their purses unattended in shopping carts or on counters where they can easily be taken.
Always escort young children to a restroom because minors could be photographed, molested or even abducted if left alone in public restrooms.
When shopping in a large store or mall, establish a meeting place with children in advance in case you become separated or instruct them to go only to a store clerk or security officer for help, and not to a stranger who doesn’t work in the store.
Scan the parking lot before you exit a store for any suspicious activities, such as people standing in a group in one area or someone sitting in a vehicle watching patrons leave. If you sense something odd, you may want to ask a store officer to escort you to your vehicle.
When leaving a store, always exit from the door nearest your parked vehicle. Before heading to your vehicle, have your keys out and in your hand ready to enter your vehicle. Don’t wait until you reach your vehicle to start looking in your purse or pockets for your keys.
It’s a good idea to walk around your car and look inside it when you are in a crowded parking lot. Checking the inside of your vehicle before you enter it could prevent you from unexpectedly finding someone waiting in the vehicle to rob you.
Once inside your vehicle, lock the doors immediately before leaving your parking space. Avoid sitting in your vehicle, and doing things like talking on the phone or looking at social media. Leave the parking lot as soon a possible.
If you are making several stops while shopping, place your packages in your trunk or out of plain sight inside your vehicle. Leaving valuable items visible only provides a temptation to thieves.
If you suspect someone is following you, do not go home or pull over. You should remain calm and drive to a crowded place or a nearby Sheriff’s Office substation for assistance.
Once home, unload your packages immediately. Do not store valuables in your car any longer than necessary, and certainly never overnight.

The Sheriff also urges residents to call the Sheriff’s Office at (504) 271-2501 if they see something suspicious or 911 if they feel they’re in immediate danger. It is better to be safe than sorry.

Sheriff Pohlmann wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season.

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