Command and Staff Program

By Readiness Network, Inc.

Sgt. Charles Varnado, Fairhope PD, AL – [email protected] ~ 251-928-2385

Hello, my name is Sergeant Charles Varnado and I have had a career in service to others that spans over 25 years, beginning with my military service and continuing with my current career in law enforcement spanning the last 20 years. I was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama. After graduating McGill-Toolen high school I joined the Alabama Army National Guard 1st of the 20th Group Company B Airborne, Special Forces in the capacity of a communications specialist. I was a military paratrooper, parachute qualified jumping fixed wing and rotary aircraft. While serving in the Army National Guard I earned my undergraduate degree from the University of South Alabama, majoring in English with a minor in political science. I completed my military service after 6 years and was honorably discharged.

In August 2003 I began my career in law enforcement with the Montgomery Police Department in Montgomery, Alabama. I completed the Montgomery Police Academy at the top of my class, received a Commendation medal in 2006, and served the department for 4 years with distinction.

In July 2007 I was hired with the City of Fairhope Police Department. While at Fairhope I have served as an FTO (field training officer) directly training many officers. I assisted in developing the first SWAT team at the Fairhope Police Department. I researched, developed and co-authored the Domestic Violence policy and procedures for the Fairhope Police Department as well as providing the policy and procedures training to the department. I am a certified de-escalation instructor, ALICE instructor, and CPR instructor and completed the FBI Instructor Development course. I was promoted to the rank of Corporal in 2015 while serving in the patrol division. I have served with the Baldwin County MCU (major crimes unit) investigating officer involved shootings. I have completed the TEEX/FEMA Enhanced All-Hazards Incident Management Unified Command course MGT 314 as well as completing several FEMA courses in Incident Management.

In March 2022 I was promoted to Sergeant over Fairhope’s Criminal Investigations Division and have led my group of investigators for a little over a year. Since becoming the Sergeant over CID, I have been responsible for having Fairhope’s CID personnel certified through JSU 80-hour certification course for investigators.

In October 2007 I married my college sweetheart, Angela. My wife and I are members of St. Lawrence Catholic Church. I am a member of The Men of St. Joseph. In 2018 we became certified Foster Parents through Alabama Baptist Children’s Home and have opened our home to several foster children.

Officer Matthew Franco, Hermosa Beach PD, CA ~ [email protected] ~ 714-702-4484

Officer Franco has served the City of Hermosa Beach for eight years. Officer Franco began his career as a Patrol Officer and worked in several other capacities in the Patrol Division, including Community Lead Officer, Traffic Officer, Field Training Officer, and Watch Commander. He was then assigned to the Investigative Bureau, where he investigated property crimes, sex crimes, and financial crimes. Recently, Officer Franco assisted in the Professional Standards Unit, where he had a hand in the hiring of several new officers. Officer Franco also assisted in the implementation of the Department’s new vision that will continue to place Hermosa Beach Police Department as a leader in policing in the 21st Century and beyond.

Officer Franco has a strong desire to impact the community he serves and the officers he serves with. Having been mentored and developed by many excellent leaders, he aspires to be the strongest leader he can be. His desire to develop his leadership skills has led him to the Command and Staff Leadership Program.

Officer Franco is married and has three wonderful children.

Sgt. Johnny Holyfield, Ouachita Parish Sheriff, LA ~ [email protected] ~ 318-376-0577

My name is Sergeant Johnny Holyfield Jr. and I am currently employed at the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office. I recently passed the 20-year mark in my career, all of which have been with OPSO. I started in December of 2003 and was assigned to the correctional center. Eventually, I transferred to the Patrol Division and spent approximately one year in the street crimes unit. I was a Field Training Officer for almost two years and transferred to the Investigations Division.
Investigations is where I spent the largest part of my time. Initially, I was assigned to property crimes but after a short stint I was assigned to the Violent Crimes Unit. By the end of my eighth year in investigations I was a supervisor for the V.C.U. as well as the Crime Scene Unit. In 2019, I made a lateral transfer back to the Patrol Division as a shift supervisor where I serve to this day.
I am 45 years old and have been married to my wife Misty for 27 years this summer. She is a fourth grade ELA teacher at one of the local elementary schools and loves teaching kids. We have two boys; Jaylen who is 23 and Cayden who is 18. Both of my boys have begun their career in law enforcement with OPSO and it is special to me to be able to work alongside them. In 2017, I took the role of Lead Pastor at the church my dad founded in 1997. I have had to learn to balance the two professions though, because on more than one occasion they have clashed. Leadership is important to me and desperately needed in our profession. My goal is to lead by example so when the time comes for me to retire I can leave this place better than I found it.

Sgt. Jacob Greer, Ouachita Parish Sheriff, LA ~ [email protected] ~ 318-376-6731

Sergeant Jacob Greer has served the citizens of Ouachita Parish for 15 years. Jacob began his career in the Communications Division before transferring to the Patrol Division. While in the Patrol Division, Jacob served on the S.C.A.T. (Special Crimes Apprehension Team) and as a Field Training Officer achieving the rank of Corporal. In 2018 Jacob transferred to the Criminal Investigations Division where he obtained the rank of Sergeant. Jacob is also a Hostage Negotiator for the Ouachita Parish SWAT Team.
Jacob and his wife have been married for 18 years, and they have two amazing children.

Patrol Sergeant Mick Gaglia, Hermosa Beach PD, CA ~ [email protected] ~ 310-483-3530

My name is Sergeant Mick Gaglia, I was born in California, but spent several years living in Utah and Colorado for a period of my youth. I returned to California where I graduated from Redondo Union High School (Redondo Beach). I currently live in Tustin, California with my wife Mindy and 2 children. I enjoy spending a vast amount of my free time playing ice hockey and mountain bike riding. I also enjoy trying to perfect my culinary and BBQ skills.
I started my career in law enforcement in 1999 when I was hired as a Jailer for the Hermosa Beach Police Department. My ultimate goal was to become a Police Officer. After 6 months of working as a Jailer, I attended the Orange County Sheriff’s Academy and successfully graduated. During my career as a Police Officer, I have worked several assignments including, Community Lead Officer, Motors/Traffic, Field Training Officer, Rangemaster, Fleet Manager, Press Information Officer, Detective, and Professional Standards Unit Sergeant. I was promoted to Sergeant in 2015 and I’m currently assigned to the Administration Division as an Acting Captain.
My personal career highlight was receiving the Medal of Valor Distinguished Service award that was presented for saving the life of an elderly man. I have a strong desire to improve my leadership skills and capabilities while creating a positive work environment.

Lt. Charles Gant, St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff, LA ~ [email protected] ~ 575-621-8959

Charles Gant is a Lieutenant with St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office. He has eleven years of Law Enforcement experience, and twenty one years of service with the United States Navy (Submarine Force). During this time he has nineteen years of supervisor experience. Charles specializes in patrol and is responsible for educating other deputies in Community Policing, de-escalation, current laws, and departmental procedures. Charles is also a member of St John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office SWAT team. Charles is a positive force in the workplace and uses his positive attitude to encourage others to succeed not only in the work space, but in their personnel lives. Charles is inspired daily by his co-workers, SWAT teammates, and family. During his free time, Charles enjoys working out at the gym, spending time with family, and more importantly seeing his mom.

Corporal Destiny Trosclair, St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff, LA ~ [email protected] ~ 504-913-7281

Corporal Destiny Trosclair has been a member of St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office since 2016. Corporal Trosclair is currently the assistant medical supervisor at the Sherman Walker Correctional Center and has been working in the Medical Department for the past 8 years. Corporal Trosclair also assists with transporting offenders to court and to off-site medical appointments. Corporal Trosclair is a CMA and a 2019 graduate of the Louisiana Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST).

Corporal Trosclair is well liked by her co-workers due to her contagious personality. Corporal Trosclair is known for cheering up her peers, and she’s always willing and ready to learn new things. Corporal Trosclair is strong-willed and always determined to take on a new challenge.

Corporal Trosclair is single and enjoying life to the fullest. Her hobbies include traveling with her mom, going to LSU softball games, New Orleans Saints games, and spending time with her family and friends.

 

Lt. Stacey Bouquet, St. Martin Parish Sheriff, LA ~ [email protected] ~ (337) 316-1884

Lieutenant Stacey Bouquet began her career in law enforcement in August of 1992 with the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office and has 31 years of service. She is currently the Executive Officer of the Enforcement Division which encompasses Patrol, Investigations, Violent Crimes, and Community Services. Lt. Bouquet also serves as Assistant Director of the St. Martin Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. She has extensive experience in emergency management and law enforcement and became an ICS Lead Instructor in 2010. She completed her FBI Instructor Development Training and POST Instructor training in 2012, and the FEMA ICS Instructor Training in 2013. She has over ten years of experience teaching ICS 300, ICS 400, and is also an instructor at the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Academy where she teaches Unusual Occurrences, Hazardous Material Awareness, Crisis Negotiations, and Introduction to the National Incident Management System. She also serves as the Field Training Officer Program Coordinator and is a member of the Crisis Negotiation Team for the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Captain Robert Chavis, Bossier Parish Sheriff, LA ~ [email protected] ~ 318-402-1105

My name is Robert Chavis, and I presently hold the position of Captain with the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office. I am originally from Ozark, Alabama, and spent a significant portion of my childhood in South Carolina, particularly Myrtle Beach. Subsequently, my family and I relocated to Bossier City, Louisiana, where I have resided since the age of 12. I am fortunate to have been married to Rhonda for the past seven years. Together, we have built a blended family consisting of two boys, three girls, and two grandchildren. During my leisure time, I engage in various activities such as hunting, motorcycling (both on my Harley and motocross, despite the occasional challenges at the age of 53), exploring the mountains on side-by-sides, being with family and indulging in our shared passion for travel.
My career with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office commenced in 2006. Over the years, I have assumed diverse roles and responsibilities, contributing to the growth and efficiency of the department. I served as a Shift Sergeant for six years before earning a promotion to Shift Lieutenant, overseeing operations across four different facilities for an additional six years. Following this, I assumed the position of Assistant Warden, responsible for the management of Department of Corrections (DOC) inmates for a tenure of two years.
In 2021, I assumed the supervision of the outside road crews, actively participating in emergency response efforts, and assisting with special administrative projects. During this period, my involvement extended to various specialized teams, including the Dive Team, Marine Patrol, Emergency Response Team (ERT) where I served as a team leader, equipment operator, and contributed to SWAT callouts. Additionally, I played a crucial role in Search and Rescue operations, covering both local areas and collaborating with other agencies as needed.
At present, I hold the position of Captain/Warden for the Bossier Maximum Security Facility. My overarching goal is to cultivate a positive and rewarding work environment for all, emphasizing professional growth and job satisfaction. As a supervisor and leader, I am deeply committed to ensuring that every member of our team achieves their goals within the department.
I firmly believe that effective leadership involves a dynamic approach, leading from the front, the back, and most importantly, standing alongside the staff. Building trust is paramount, and I am dedicated to earning and upholding the trust of my team through exemplary leadership.
Looking ahead, I am on track to complete my undergraduate degree in May of 2024, further enhancing my qualifications and contributing to my ongoing professional development.

Lt. Nicki Garnier, Jefferson Parish Sheriff, LA ~ [email protected] ~ 504-292-4156

My name is Nicki Garnier Jr., and I am currently 36 years old. I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and was raised in a typical Middle-Class household. I have been a dedicated member of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana for roughly 16 years.

I began my career with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office in June 2008. I currently hold the rank of Lieutenant in the patrol division. During my previous assignment, I held the rank of Detective and Sergeant in the Special Investigations Bureau as a member of our narcotics division. Prior to being assigned to the Special Investigations Bureau, I was assigned to the patrol division for two years and corrections for 18 months.

During my career, I have gained knowledge and experience by planning and being a part of numerous high-risk operations. In conjunction with those operations, I have worked alongside highly motivated supervisors that helped pave the way for me to lead and teach others. I have also been involved in several investigations, to include working in an undercover compacity on a local and federal level leading to a substantial number of narcotics, firearms and monetary seizures. I have been selected and currently serve as an expert in the field of narcotics as a witness for the District Attorney’s Office in the 24th Judicial District Court. I also serve as an instructor for our Mobile Field Force team. I can proudly attest that several of the deputies that have been under my supervision have exceled in their careers, which includes promotions to supervisors themselves or being assigned to specialized units. I take pride in teaching and preparing the deputies I supervise to be the best versions of themselves and in doing so, directly influences the department in a positive manner.

In my personal life, I am a loving husband and father. I have been married since 2007 and have a 15-year-old daughter. I have been president of my neighborhood Homeowner’s Association for two terms, which manages over 400 homes in the subdivision. My hobbies are swimming, gaming, working-out, and anything with a beach. I enjoy reading, learning new things and spending time with my family. During my career and throughout my life I strive to continuously learn, be a role-model and a leader.

Lt. Brady Madere, Ascension Parish Sheriff, LA ~ [email protected] ~ 225-235-7330

My name is Lieutenant Brady Madere. I was born and raised in Maurepas, Louisiana, and began my law enforcement career in 2009, at the Port Allen Police Department. I served as a uniform patrol officer in Port Allen for three years, before moving to Ascension Parish in 2012. That same year, I began my career at the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office where I am currently entering my 12th year of service with this department. During this time, I have gained extensive knowledge in various areas of law enforcement, and I have also been tasked with a variety of assignments such as corrections, uniform patrol, investigations, evidence technician, crime scene investigator, water patrol, NIBIN technician, and liaison to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab. Aside from my career, I enjoy hunting, fishing, and coaching my daughter’s softball team. I am married to my high school sweetheart, who has a career in forensic science and is very supportive of my ambitious career goals, and we have two amazing children.

In 2022, I was promoted to my current position as Lieutenant of the Evidence Unit. I am responsible for supervising day-to-day operations in the evidence facility, budgeting and purchasing supplies for patrol and detectives, and supervising my agency’s Crime Scene Unit. I am honored to be involved in so many aspects of the department and greatly enjoy every opportunity presented to me. The intended outcome I hope to achieve by completing this course is to build my leadership skills and utilize them to ensure our community and its citizens are served and protected to the highest standards.

Captain Terry (T. J.) Gaughf, Ascension Parish Sheriff, LA ~ [email protected] ~ (225) 571-8535

My name is Captain T.J.Gaughf. I began my law enforcement career in 1998 where I worked in state corrections before moving to the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, where I have been employed for 24 years. During this time, I have gained extensive knowledge in various areas of law enforcement including supervisory, investigative, tactical and legal procedures.
While employed with the Sheriff’s Office I have had a wide variety of assignments and duties including Firearms Instructor, Field Training Officer, team leader of the Crisis Response Team, Marine Division Commander. In 2012 I had the privilege of establishing and overseeing the Honor Guard for the Sheriff’s Office.
I am currently the Director of Training and oversee all training, planning, and logistics, as well as research and development for the Ascension Sheriff’s Office. Also, in my role as the Director of Training I am the Administrator over the Field Training Officer Program, CALEA Manager, and Honor Guard Commander.
My experiences in Law enforcement have truly molded me into the person I am today.

Lt. Brett LeBlanc, Jefferson Parish Sheriff, LA ~ [email protected] ~504-432-2072

 

Lieutenant Brett LeBlanc is a highly motivated Law Enforcement Officer with 20 years of experience, all within the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. Lieutenant LeBlanc has been employed with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office since 2004 and is currently assigned to the Narcotics Division. Lieutenant LeBlanc is also the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Initiative Supervisor for the department and oversees all the Task Force Officers (TFO) assigned to their respective Federal Agency. Prior to being assigned to Narcotics, Lieutenant LeBlanc worked in the Correctional Center, Patrol Division and the FBI New Orleans Gang Task Force Unit (NOGTF).

As a native of Jefferson Parish, Lieutenant LeBlanc was inspired from a young age to join the force that served not only as the protective force of the community, but also helped the community through teamwork and service.

My expertise is in managing high risk narcotics operations with having the ability to quickly adapt, making fast decisions, based upon the dangers that are associated with high risk and lengthy operations. I have excellent interpersonal skills and am a strong communicator who has networked with individuals from other law enforcement agencies from Jefferson Parish to Bogota, Colombia, to include local, state and federal agents. My years of experience in high-risk operations have paved the way for me to lead and teach others on ways to quickly adapt during dynamic and stressful high-risk operations leading to success.

During my tenue as part of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, I have participated in over 500 investigations and multiple Title III wire intercepts investigations while assigned to the FBI Gang Task Force. I have received numerous awards throughout my career to include, the JPSO Award of Excellence, ELKS Enrique S. Camerena Award, numerous Class “E”,”D” and Deputy of the month awards and have been Nominated by the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association for Sheriff’s Deputy of the Year.

Lt. Frank Renaudin, Jefferson Parish Sheriff, LA ~ [email protected] ~ 504-329-7568

I am a professional law enforcement officer with twenty years of service experience and am currently serving as the Commander of the Robbery Section. My goal is to continue to maintain and improve the environment which contributed to my success of high standards of professionalism, commitment and accountability creating cohesion and credibility amongst those I serve with and lead. Prior to law enforcement, I proudly served our country in the United States Marine Corps and am a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom. This service allowed me the opportunity to later attend college and earn my Bachelors of Criminal Justice from Loyola University New Orleans.

In my personal time I serve as a volunteer in our community in many ways; amongst them as a youth baseball coach, Saint Benilde Men’s Club, Committee Member of the Parishes oldest parade and the coordinator of our FOP Lodges Legal Defense Plan.

Most importantly though, I have been married for twenty years to my wife Tiffany and have two wonderful children, Jonathan and Melody, who we are so proud of.

Lt. Randall Fernandez, Jefferson Parish Sheriff, LA ~ [email protected] ~ 504-296-1636

I have been with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office for almost 32 years and am currently a lieutenant in the patrol division. During my time with JPSO, I have worked in three of the four patrol districts as well as the Street Crimes Unit and the Criminal Investigations Bureau. I attended both the University of Mississippi and Louisiana State University. I am a U.S. Coast Guard Reserve veteran.

My wife Mary and I have a small farm in Carriere, Mississippi. I have four grown children and three German Shepards. I enjoy working on the farm, hunting and fishing, as well as watching Ole Miss football victories and the (much too rare) Alabama gridiron loss.

Lt. Steve Abadie, Jefferson Parish Sheriff, LA ~ [email protected] ~ 504-559-8959

I’ve been in law enforcement for 29 years. During that time, I’ve worked for several departments, including the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office (present), the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina, and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, also in Louisiana. I started off my career as a correctional officer, then after graduating the academy, I later served both in patrol and investigations. After spending approximately 14 years as a detective, I was promoted to sergeant in the patrol division. I later returned back to the investigation’s bureau as a detective sergeant, where I was a supervisor in the vice squad. After a few years as detective sergeant, I was then promoted to lieutenant back in the patrol division, where I’ve been currently assigned for approximately two years.

Lt. Heather Phillips, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, FL ~ [email protected] ~ 352-494-6502

I began my law enforcement career with the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office as an intern in 2000 and was hired in 2001 after graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in Criminology. I spent time in Patrol and then ten years in the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) as a major crimes detective before being promoted to a Patrol sergeant in 2016. I returned to CID to supervise the Special Victims Unit for three years and then transferred to the agency’s Training Bureau before my promotion to a Patrol lieutenant in 2021. I’m currently assigned as an administrative lieutenant where I oversee the agency’s Field Training Program, Mental Health Co-Responder Team and Rural Services Unit.

During my career, I’ve obtained a copious amount of advanced trainings and certifications; to include RAD Instructor, radKIDS Instructor and Teen Driver Instructor. I am also a member of the Florida Polygraph Association and am one of four polygraph examiners for the agency.

I value the experiences I have gained and attribute my continual professional development to the positive relationships with my superiors, co-workers and fellow civilian employees.

Lt. Charles Lee, Jefferson Parish Sheriff, LA ~ [email protected] ~ 504-201-4461

I am a Patrol Lieutenant with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and will have been with the Department for eighteen years this June, 2024. My formal education consists of a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice and a Masters in Psychology through the University of Phoenix. I am currently assigned as a Night Watch Commander for the 2nd District, and serve as the 2nd District Field Training Coordinator overseeing the Field Training Officer program for the District.

I am deeply grateful for this opportunity afforded to me by the Department and look forward to learning from and working with both the instructors as well as my fellow students.

Lt. Eric Wikstrom, Bossier Parish Sheriff, LA ~ [email protected] ~ 318-401-2386

Lieutenant Eric Wikstrom is an 18 veteran with the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office. During his career, he has had the privilege of working in Corrections, Patrol, Criminal Patrol, K9, Narcotics and currently leads the JCAT (Joint Criminal Apprehension Team) and is the Commander of the SWAT Team.

Lieutenant Eric Wikstrom earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Troy University in Alabama. He played 4 years on the Baseball Team and was inducted into the Troy University Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013. He has attended numerous classes related to all aspects of Law Enforcement and received awards for 2021 Officer of the Year from the Knights of Columbus and Exemplary Performance Award from the United States District Attorney’s Office, Western District in 2023. He is also a graduate from the FBI-LEEDA Leadership courses with the Trilogy Award.

Lieutenant Eric Wikstrom is currently married with two children, a son and daughter, (twins).

Major Ginny Higgins, St. Martin Parish Sheriff, LA ~ [email protected] ~ (337) 316-7196

Major Ginny Higgins currently serves as the Executive Officer of Administrative Services. She most recently served as the Captain of the Public Affairs Division which consisted of School Resource Officers, CIT, Elderly, Crime Stoppers, and Community Affairs. Major Higgins has been employed at the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office for 25 years. She began her career in law enforcement at the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office conducting elderly abuse investigations for Elderly Protective Services, and then transitioned to the Community Affairs Division. She also serves as the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer.

She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Louisiana, and an Associate Degree in Legal Secretarial Studies from St. Mary’s Dominican College in New Orleans. She holds various certifications in domestic violence, elderly services, crisis intervention, and hostage and crisis negotiations. She currently serves as the Commander of the Crisis Negotiation Team. She also is the Regional Coordinator for Southern Law Enforcement’s Peer Support Program which provides Critical Incident Stress Management to first responders.

She is a graduate of the P.O.S.T. Academy, P.O.S.T. Juvenile Officer Academy, National Victim Assistance Academy, Elderly Services Officer Training, CIT Coordinator Training, and the FBI-LEEDA Leadership Trilogy.

Deputy Chief Jason Woodruff, Owasso Police Department, OK ~ [email protected] ~ 918.766.2188

Deputy Chief Jason Woodruff began his law enforcement career in 1992 as an emergency dispatcher followed by receiving his peace officer commission in 1994 as a deputy with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office in Tahlequah, OK. Woodruff was on active duty with the United States Army from 1995 to 1999, serving on a Long Range Surveillance team with E 51st INF ABN LRS in the 165th Military Intelligence Battalion in Darmstadt, Germany. Woodruff returned to law enforcement in 1999, serving as an Oklahoma State River Ranger and a Senior Parole Officer before accepting a commission with the Owasso Police Department in 2004. In 2014, Woodruff was promoted to his current rank of Deputy Chief of Police. Woodruff has been awarded the Medal of Grand Cordon, the Medal of Valor, and the United States Congressional Badge of Bravery. Woodruff is a graduate of Northeastern State University, The Backster School of Lie Detection and the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy.

Lt. Benjamin Jones, Jefferson Parish Sheriff, LA ~ [email protected] ~ 504-289-7273

I am a veteran Law Enforcement Officer with over 16 years of experience, within the New Orleans Police Department and Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. I have been employed with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office since 2014 and I am currently assigned to the Narcotics Division as a Lieutenant. I also have been a member of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office S.W.A.T. team for six years and was also a member of the New Orleans Police Department’s S.W.A.T. team for five years before transferring to J.P.S.O.
My expertise is in managing high-risk narcotic and tactical operations with the ability to quickly adapt, making fast decisions, based upon the dangers that are associated with high-risk operations. I have excellent interpersonal skills and am a strong communicator who has networked with individuals from other law enforcement agencies from Jefferson Parish to the state of California, including local, state, and federal agents.

Sgt. Justin Gros, St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office, LA ~ [email protected] ~ 504-914-5463

I have been employed with the St. Charles parish Sheriff’s Office Since May of 2001. I started my career with the department in the Corrections Division and then was transferred to the Patrol Division. During my time on Patrol, I became a Field Training Officer and was promoted to Corporal, and eventually Sergeant. I also served nine years on the Special Response Team as an Operator. In 2022, I transferred back to the Corrections Division and was made an Assistant Watch Commander. I enjoy hunting, fishing, and spending time with my two children.

Sgt. Holly Laurent, St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office, LA ~ [email protected] ~ 985-233-1777

I started my Law Enforcement career in July of 2010 where I started as a Correctional Deputy. During my time in the Jail I transitioned to booking and then became a transportation officer. I then furthered my career and was transferred to the Patrol Division. In January 2015, I was promoted to Detective in Juvenile Investigations. During my time as a Detective, I became a Forensic Interviewer and joined the Special Response team as a Negotiator. I am currently the Sergeant in our Special Victims Unit and Negotiator Team Leader for our SWAT team.

Sgt. Alexis Agnelly, St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office, LA ~  [email protected] ~ 504 -250-7323

Sergeant Alexis Agnelly began her career with the St Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office in 2014 as a Summer Worker, later part-time, while obtaining her Bachelor of Arts at Southeastern Louisiana University. Sergeant Agnelly left the department for one year to obtain her Master of Arts in Criminal Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, New York. After graduating, Sergeant Agnelly returned to St Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office where she attended the 2019-29 Regional POST Academy, graduating as Salutatorian. Sergeant Agnelly then began her career on Patrol where she was promoted to Corporal, and later Sergeant.

Sergeant Agnelly is currently assigned to the Patrol Division and works alongside the Training Division as a Defensive Tactics instructor. Sergeant Agnelly found her passion in investigating drunk and drugged drivers as a Drug Recognition Expert, and has recently become a Drug Recognition Expert Instructor.

Sergeant Agnelly is engaged to a Narcotics Detective, set to be married in November, and lives happily in St Charles Parish with their two daughters.

Sgt. Don Murray, St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office, LA ~  [email protected] ~ 504-331-7083

ergeant Don Murray began his 16-year law enforcement career in 2007 with the St Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy in Corrections where he spent 2 years.

In 2009, Sergeant Murray graduated from the St Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office Peace Officers Standards and Training Academy class 2009-13. Sergeant Murray was then transferred to the Patrol Division where he enforced parish ordinances, state criminal and traffic laws, and developed lasting relationships with the citizens of St Charles Parish. After 2 years Sergeant Murray was promoted to the Criminal Investigations Division as a Detective where he continued to serve the community investigating criminal activities for three years. Sergeant Murray then transfer back to the Patrol Division. He was selected to further his leadership position and became certified as a Field Training Officer where he trained new deputies to be fit for duty.

A short time later Sergeant Murray was again promoted to Detective, but this time to the Special Investigations Division where he became proficient in investigating individuals who participated in the distribution, sales, or use of illicit narcotics. There, Sergeant Murray also became familiar with legal and illegal drug identifications. After three years, Sergeant Murray again transferred to the Patrol Division where he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant where he currently serves as Shift Supervisor.

Sergeant Murray has dedicated several hours to attending training classes that allowed him to perform his job duties proficiently. Some of Sergeant Murray’s certifications were awarded from but are not limited to the Louisiana Homicide Investigators Association, Louisiana Narcotics Officers Association, RCTA Interview and Interrogation, Incident Command Systems 100 through 400 and 700, Crisis Intervention, Basic Narcotics Investigations, Undercover Operations, Patrol Officers Response to Street Drugs, and Narcotic Warrants Planning and Execution. In addition to extensive training, Sergeant Murray received a Letter of Commendation for assisting a fellow officer also employed by St Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office for his response during a medical emergency in 2023.

Sergeant Murray was born and raised in St Charles Parish, where he currently resides with his wife of six years, Julie in Hahnville.