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September 27, 2010
In the early afternoon hours of September 12, 2010, Scott Fire Department received a call of a commercial building on fire in the 400 block of Debonnaire Road. Upon arrival, I reported seven out of eight large warehouses having heavy black smoke showing in the 100 Block of Asset Drive. With the buildings totaling over 50,000 square feet, this fire was the largest in Scott’s history.
Once the fire was brought under control, the issue of scene preservation to conduct the proper investigation arose. Processing such a large scene, to determine the cause and origin required four days by Local, State and ATF (Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms) investigators. This process would also require several work stations for investigators to process information for their investigation, in addition to a location to interview citizens. I requested the use of the Command bus from your office, and was fortunate that you granted this request.
I would like to thank you for the use of the command bus; it allowed members of all agencies involved a meeting area (for important briefings), refuge from the elements of the weather and the needed office space to conduct the investigation. Without your generosity, there is no doubt in my mind that operations would not have run as smoothly as they did.
I would like you to know that I am forever grateful for your organization’s efforts to allow me to manage this incident in a safer and more efficient manner. Without all of this assistance, the outcome would have been very different.
Please feel free to contact me if I can assist you in away.
Chief Chad P. Sonnier,
September 24, 2010
What a great program you have. Craig Stansbury was here doing a couple of safety programs for our members earlier this month. He did a fantastic job. Everyone learned a lot and really enjoyed it. We are looking forward to having Craig return next fall.
June 21, 2010
I would like to acknowledge the excellent job that your officers did while working a public relations station at the field day. Barry Baldwin (K-9), Cindy Segura and Chris Batchler were here. They bought a patrol car and the drug dogs, and they allowed the kids to sit in the car and run the sirens. Many of our students said that meeting your officers was their favorite part of the field day. This was a positive situation because it gave our students a chance to meet your deputies on a “Friendly” basis. Your support has enabled us to continue to provide our students with an educational and fun field day.
Physical Education Teachers
Charles M. Burke Elementary
Charles M. Burke Elementary ,
April 7, 2010
Thanks Given for support of Nofear Nofuture "Drinking and Driving Prevention" Program.
Dear Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office,
Thank you all for your time and effort this year at Lafayette High. We really appreciate you guys and could not do this without you all. We look forward to working with you again in the future.
Thank you for your community service.
Junior League of Lafayette,
April 7, 2010
Shenandoah Neighborhood Watch Appreciates Deputies
Dear Sheriff Neustrom
I would like to start off by thanking the
Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Department for their
assistance in the planning and implementation of
our Neighborhood Watch program. As you may already
be aware, our neighborhood is not within the city
limits of any smaller municipality, and is simply
part of rural Lafayette Parish. Our neighborhood
had increasing problems with thefts and criminal
damage to property, and simply used the Lafayette
Parish Sheriff s Department as a means of
reporting the incidents.
After much frustration, our neighborhood decided
it was time to take action and put a stop to our
neighborhood problems. Sergeant Tom Stith with the
Community Services Unit has been more than helpful
and cooperative in assisting with getting the
Neighborhood Watch up and running, and keeping it
Sergeant Stith and Deputy Elisa Foster came to our
first Neighborhood Watch meeting armed with
flyers, pamphlets, and a well of information which
they shared with us. They gave us instruction on
personal safety, securing our homes, monitoring
the neighborhood and keeping ourselves safe in
doing so, and dealing with certain situations that
may arise, as well as how to work with the
Sheriffs Department in resolving our problems,
including a pro-active approach at deterring
Our neighborhood also had a block party several
months after starting our program, at which
Sergeant Stith, his lovely wife, and Deputy
Darrell Doucet attended. Sergeant Stith and Deputy
Doucet presented some of our Neighborhood Watch
Block Captains with the signs we had ordered and
that were delivered to the Sheriff s Department,
and made sure to get to know
the neighbors, listen to their concerns, and
generally let the neighborhood know that the
Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Department is backing
us in our endeavor.
I also wanted to add that Sergeant Stith and his
wife attended the block party on their own
personal time and we are very thankful to them for
their presence and for Sergeant Stith's
respectable work ethic. He is an asset to the
Sheriff's Department, Actually, Sergeant Tom
Stith, Deputy Darrell Doucet, and Deputy Elisa
Foster, are all assets to your Department.
I initially had some doubts about the Neighborhood
Watch program and its effectiveness. However,
after just a few weeks, our neighborhood was
seeing a decrease in criminal and mischievous
activity, and after just a few months, the
neighborhood is relatively quiet.
When the Shenandoah Neighborhood Watch began, our
neighborhood was having approximately 3 to 4
incidents (give or take a few) per week. Our
neighborhood now has zero incidents per week with
just an occasional problem reported. It appears
that with a little pro�active involvement, we are
able to deter problems in our neighborhood.
Again, I thank the Lafayette Parish Sheriff s
Department, Sergeant Tom Stith, Deputy Darrell
Doucet, and Deputy Elisa Foster, as well as all of
the patrolling deputies, in helping to continue to
make our neighborhood a safe haven for our
With kind regards, I remain
Very truly yours,
Shenandoah Neighborhood Watch Coordinator
Neighborhood Watch Appreciates LPSO,
February 3, 2010
On behalf of the Board of Directors of Foodnet and the thousands of less-fortunate people who benefit from our food bank, I want to express our gratitude to you and the Department for the major role that you played in our annual Christmas Food Drive. The Twenty-Third annual KLFY-TV-10/Foodnet “Food for Families” food drive was a great success – one of our best. We finished with a total of seventy-four tons of food.
Our success could not have been realized without your co-operation and the assistance of the Trustees. The courtesy and co-operation of my friend, Albert Glaude. Albert is always there with his calmness and re-assurance when just about everything is dependent on the assistance of the trustees. I am very grateful to all of you.
Marcelle F. Citron
Food Net Directors Appreciates LPSO,