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The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office has entered into an intergovernmental agreement with the Lafayette Parish School Board to occupy the property that formerly housed St. Antoine elementary school. Now housed in this facility is the Sheriff's Community Training Center. The training facility offers courses for Sheriff's Office personnel as well as certain courses specifically designed for the general public. Some courses offered to the public include, Civilian Firearms Safety , Street Wise Self-defense, and the Civilian Academy. The Civilian Academy enhances the relationship between the Sheriff's Deputies and the community, resulting in a clear understanding of what the community can expect from the Deputies who serve them. The course also helps promote the concepts of community policing.
The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office Shooting Range is now available for public use during restricted hours. Contact our Training & Professional Development Division at 337-236-5607 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information about public hours and registration requirements.
Deputies are mandated to attend classes in Legal Update, Defensive Tactics, First Aid and CPR, Drug Identification, Conflict Resolution, Firearm Qualifications and many other courses designed to make them some of the best trained officers. The Sheriff's Office and the Lafayette Parish School Board have partnered to offer high school seniors the option of learning about the Criminal Justice System, Community Policing, Investigation, Crime Prevention, Patrol Activities, and much more. This career academy offers career direction, hands-on training, and job shadowing as well as one high school credit for successful completion.
The training center is located at 111 S. St. Antoine street 3 blocks north of Cameron St. and is open weekdays from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
Civilian Firearms Safety Class
The goal of the Civilian Firearms Safety Class is to teach interested persons in the community the basic safety and marksmanship rules of handguns.
It is recognized that in this day and age, many people own and handle firearms in an effort to protect themselves. This class is aimed at providing the public valuable information about how to handle a firearm safely, how to shoot accurately, when it is legal to use a firearm, and what to expect when a firearm is used to defend a life.
These classes are offered periodically and consist of two 4-hour classes on Wednesday and Thursday nights and a 4-hour class at the firing range on Saturday morning.
These classes are offered free of charge as a public service to the community.
Street Wise Self-Defense Class
The goal of the Street Wise Self-defense Class is to teach interested members of the community some guidelines for protecting themselves in a variety of situations. The Street Wise Self-defense Class will offer information on the following topics:
- How to avoid becoming a victim
- Understanding what criminals seek in a potential victim
- Escape techniques
- Identification of your personal weapons
Students may walk through the techniques or observe.