Enrollment open for Citizens Academy

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 3, 2021

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LAPLACE — Community involvement plays a crucial role in fighting crime and developing relationships between citizens and law enforcement.

To strengthen partnerships between police and the community, Sheriff Mike Tregre is inviting the public to participate in the St. John Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy. This program is free and open to community members ages 21 and older who live or work in St. John Parish.

Classes will be held from 5:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 21 through June 23 at the brand new Lloyd B. Johnson Training Center at 947 Cambridge Drive in LaPlace. The registration deadline is April 14. Due to COVID-19, the class size is limited to20 students. Masks are required, and the class must sign a COVID-19 waiver and adhere to social distancing.



It provides participants with an insiders’ view of the operations of the sheriff’s office in a relaxed and interactive setting.

Applicants must be at least 21 years old and live or work in St. John the Baptist Parish. Information for a background check must be provided, and applicants must pledge to attend all classes. Participants will be notified on acceptance into the academy.

Sessions will feature information on Community/Public Relations, 911, Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Division, Crime Scene Division, Narcotics/Special Operations, Crisis Management Unit, Search & Rescue, Fleet Management, Training, Information Technology, Internal Affairs, Polygraph, District Attorney Investigators, Corrections, Bailiffs, Sex Offender Registry, Human Resources, Administrative Services and a demonstration with the Firearms Training Simulator.

To register visit stjohnsheriff.org, and click on Citizens Academy. Complete the application and return it in person or by mail to Bernell Charles Sr., SJSO, Percy Hebert Building, 1801 W. Airline Hwy., LaPlace, LA 70068. For more information, call Charles at 985-359-8685 or Ingrid Perrilloux at 985.359.8632.