Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office recognized for mentoring program
MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office has been recognized as a leader in law enforcement in Louisiana.
The Community Foundation of Acadiana honored the agency as part of its inaugural Leaders in Law Enforcement Awards, the foundation announced on Tuesday. The event was held earlier this month, on Sept. 10, 2020.
The foundation says the award is intended to acknowledge Louisiana’s sheriff departments and district attorneys for their work in public service. They say the awards are designed to honor deputies that are making an impact in their communities.
OPSO was recognized for its Deputies Making a Change program (DMAC). The program was started to address the incarceration and school dropout rate among male students ages 9-18 in Ouachita Parish.
DMAC offers support in academic, future planning, healthy lifestyle regimens, and money management. Over the last 12 years, DMAC has directly impacted more than 5,000 students and has a 98 percent graduation success rate.
Each honoree received a $25,000 award to be used to continue making improvements and implement new programs in their community. The awards for this year were underwritten by the Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation.
The foundation says they are honored to present law enforcement with these awards. The 2021 application process will begin in March. All sheriff’s departments and district attorney’s offices from around the state are invited and encouraged to apply.
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