Crime prevention is a team effort between law enforcement agencies and the community. The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office employs a proactive approach to cultivate the team effort by promoting community-based policing through recruiting and training Reserve (volunteer) deputies.
- Level 1 (Auxiliary Reserve) – performs non-enforcement duties such as teaching, data processing, and ride-alongs. Must work a minimum of 6 hours per month. Initially requires 24 hours of orientation to learn the LPSO’s mission, structure, policy, and procedures, as well as 16-20 hours of specific training for assigned duties.
- Level 2 (Intermediate Reserve) – can perform enforcement duties. May ride with a P.O.S.T.-certified officer and help make arrests, but may not make ride alone or make arrests alone. Will be certified in firearms, baton, and chemical spray. Must work a minimum of 12 hours per month. Initially requires 140 hours of training. Must go through annual evaluation and re-certification in firearms and defensive tactics.
- Level 3 (P.O.S.T.-certified Reserve) – has all the same duties, responsibilities, and authority as a full-time deputy. Must work a minimum of 16 hours per month and can work paid details thereafter. Initially requires the same 360 hours of training as a full-time deputy. Must go through annual evaluation and re-certifications.
Our Explorers program is designed for young adults, from 6th graders to 21-year-olds, who are in good standing in the community. The program’s purpose is to provide young adults with the opportunity to explore a career in law enforcement, and/or the opportunity to serve the community in a positive manner. Explorer POST 323 works toward leadership, integrity, and professionalism. CLICK HERE for more information on Explorer POST 323.