Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office holds Deputies Making a Change

Published: Jul. 20, 2021 at 10:11 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office is calling on kids to help improve the community. OPSO held a community event called Deputies Making a Change (DMAC) at Jack Hayes Elementary School on July 20th.

The session was the first of four. It encouraged students to stay in school.

Tarize Ross lives in Ouachita Parish and brought his 11-year-old son to the event.

“If the community doesn’t come together as a whole, then the kids are still falling short,” said Ross. “It takes a village to raise a child.”

Ross plans on bringing his son to all four of the sessions. Those sessions will focus on leadership, understanding the law, and gun violence.

“I hope he learns that education is very important. As DMAC said, education prevents incarceration,” said Ross. “I hope he learns that violence is not the key, is no answer to any problems.”

Deputy Kenneth Tramble started the program to connect with kids on a more personal level.

“The way the kids see us every day is more like a father and son environment,” said Tramble.

Tramble wants kids to understand that staying in school opens up new opportunities down the road.

“We’re trying to develop an opportunity for them to see that there are other options besides acting out in class or failing class,” he said.

Another positive of the sessions according to Ross, is it allows teens to see law enforcement in a different light.

“Kids are, you know, growing up to fear that,” said Ross. “Being that they do things they shouldn’t do. They feel like law enforcement are their enemies. They are here to serve and protect.”

The remaining sessions will take place on July 27th, August 3rd, and August 10th at Jack Hayes Elementary. They will start at 6 p.m.

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