Sheriff Mike Tregre seeks fourth term in office

Published 9:24 am Wednesday, July 19, 2023

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LAPLACE — St. John Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre  officially announces that he will seek a fourth term in office. Tregre was first sworn in 2012 and won re-election in 2015 and 2019. This year, the primary election for sheriff is October 14, 2023.

“Your prayers and support for me will be greatly appreciated as this election approaches,” Tregre said. “Once again, I promise to perform to the best of my ability in this difficult profession of law enforcement. If re-elected, I will never stop working toward making our community safer. That’s always been my ultimate goal. I have made promises, and I have kept these promises in these last 12 years and will continue to ensure public safety for our community.”

Tregre’s dedication to law enforcement is well-established, beginning his career as a corrections officer in 1988. Over the years, he has worked as a patrolman, undercover narcotics officer, detective, director of Internal Management, public information officer and District Attorney’s misdemeanor probation officer, while rising through the ranks from deputy to major.

Among his professional associations include being a member of the  Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association, National Sheriffs’ Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and Joint Terrorism Task Force

As sheriff, Tregre has worked tirelessly to reduce crime in the parish. He successfully worked with the parish to upgrade the 911 communications system and community surveillance cameras. He has increased the presence of patrolling deputies, provided continuous training and top-of-the-line facilities to ensure officers are well trained, and invested in state of the art crime-fighting tools such as surveillance cameras, body cameras, drones, and robotics.

Tregre also has worked diligently to present a kids fishing camp and punt, pass and kick competition to develop relationships with young people; and he also started a program to educate teens on dating safety and on what to expect during a traffic stop. Tregre’s Protecting Our Precious Seniors (POPS) program also remains a priority to provide support for homebound senior citizens.

Tregre continues to require for all officers CPR certification, random drug testing and cultural sensitivity training; and he meets regularly with a citizen review board.

Sheriff Tregre is proud of the SJSO’s exceptionally firm financial standing. “My administration continues to be a good steward of your tax dollars, spending money when needed and saving it when we can,” Tregre said. “Since I took office, we have not had to borrow money to meet our financial obligations and have built up a surplus of more than $3 million with cash reserves exceeding $11 million.”

If re-elected, Tregre promises to continue his goal of keeping the parish safe. His future plans include incorporating proactive strategies to combat crime more effectively, and encouraging a greater sense of community cooperation.