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Sheriff’s Office Reserve Division Deputies Conducting Extra Patrols for Holiday Season

In an effort to keep St. Bernard Parish residents safe this holiday season, members of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Reserve Division will conduct extra patrols around local shopping centers. If you are interested in joining the Reserves, call 504-278-7628 for more information.

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From St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office

The hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season can leave us distracted, making us easy targets for criminals, St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

In an effort to keep St. Bernard Parish residents safe this Christmas, members of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Reserve Division will be conducting extra patrols during the holiday season around local shopping centers. 

“Our Reserve Division plays an important role in supplementing our police force in specific situations, including working during large scale events such as festivals, parades and athletic events throughout the parish,” Sheriff Pohlmann said. “They also assist us with extra patrols during the busy holiday shopping season.”

Lt. Eric Eilers, commander of the Reserve Division, said there are currently about two dozen Reserve Division deputies who are unpaid, volunteer officers. 

The department always welcomes new applicants, but they must have completed Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) to qualify.

In addition to being P.O.S.T. certified, Lt. Eilers said, a person must meet the following criteria to be a Reserve deputy: 

• 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 Lt. Eilers at 504- 278-7628 or Dep. Aaron Johnson at 504-279-7659.

The department always welcomes new applicants, but they must have completed Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) to qualify.

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