Sheriff Craig Webre announced today a new round of impacts to the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office as it relates to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
All sheriffs’ sales of seized property and movables have been suspended until at least April 13, 2020. This is due to Governor Edwards’ recent proclamation suspending the provisions of civil procedures used in judicial proceedings in general.
Medical staff will continue to screen all arrested individuals prior to them entering the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex. As previously announced, all in-person visits for inmates have been suspended, and video visitation is available through IC Solutions at www.icsolutions.com. The Correctional Complex is now utilizing an intercom system for public entry. Anyone with business at the complex must utilize the exterior intercom to state their business prior to being allowed to enter. For surety bonds, only bondsmen will be allowed to enter. For cash bonds, only one person will be allowed to enter to sign paperwork. For those paying fines and costs, only one person can enter to make a payment. If friends, family, or other associates are present during these transactions, they must wait outside the facility.
The Lafourche Parish Animal Shelter is only taking stray cats and dogs in emergency situations. Therefore, deputies will only be able to respond to calls for service involving vicious animals and/or when a bite has occurred. Also, animal control deputies are removing all traps at this time and will not be able to utilize them until further notice.
Like most government officials, Sheriff Webre is encouraging “social distancing.” For the safety of all, residents are asked to conduct business online, by email, or over the phone as much as possible. Property tax payments and payments of fees and fines can be made online at www.LPSO.net, as well as requests for background checks. For those needing fingerprinting, please call our office to schedule this service. If entering one of our lobbies, you may be asked to have your temperature taken or to wash/sanitize your hands.
Additionally, the LPSO Shooting Range is now closed to the public until further notice.
In a recent proclamation, Governor Edwards gave Louisiana sheriffs the authority to institute a curfew as part of the emergency measures in response to COVID-19. Sheriff Webre has not instituted a curfew for Lafourche Parish at this time. Should one become necessary in the future, a public announcement will be made detailing the parameters of the curfew.
To stay informed, citizens are urged to download the LPSO app for the latest local information and push alerts, as well as important links to local, state, and federal government information sites. The information is also available on our website at www.LPSO.net/coronavirus.
Please continue to use 911 for emergencies, and call (985) 532-2808 for all other services. Depending on the nature of the call, dispatchers may ask personal information about illness or symptoms.