Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office has been recognized as the “Ally of the Year” by the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Sheriff Webre and several staff members were presented the award at the coalition’s annual event in Baton Rouge on Monday, May 6.
“All of the credit belongs to our employees who are some of the finest public servants in the country,” said Sheriff Webre. “I consider myself blessed to be able to work with some incredible individuals who have a passion for what they do.”
During the event, entitled A Celebration of Excellence: Standing Together Against Domestic Violence, the coalition honored advocates, organizations, and legislators working to end domestic violence in Louisiana. The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office was recognized for several programs and initiatives, including Police Social Services, the P.A.C.T. Place Supervised Visitation and Monitored Exchange Center, as well as recent legislative efforts in the fight against domestic violence.
Mariah Stidham Wineski, executive director for the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, presented the award. “When it comes to prioritizing domestic violence, the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office is a beacon and an example of what a sheriff’s office could do,” said Wineski. “Sheriff Webre understands the importance of addressing domestic violence: he understands the nuances of doing it right, and he understands the consequences of failure. We look to (LPSO) for what possibilities could be when law enforcement gets it right.”
Julie Pellegrin, Executive Director of The Haven, also praised the work of the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office during the award presentation. “LPSO is an unmatched ally in our work to eliminate Domestic Violence,” said Pellegrin. “Sheriff Webre and his team walk the walk and talk the talk on a daily basis. Their dedication to effective intervention in domestic violence is impressive, but it’s the passion they display that is inspiring and unparalleled.”
If you have been a victim of domestic violence in Lafourche Parish, please contact the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Police Social Services section for help at (985) 449-4477.
ABOUT THE LOUISIANA COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE:
The Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence is the federally designated statewide coalition of shelters, non-residential programs, and individuals working to end domestic violence in Louisiana. Their programs serve people from everywhere in Louisiana and who come from all backgrounds. The coalition opposes violence as a means of control over others and support equality in relationships.