Lake Charles –

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a Clergy/Law Enforcement Partnership Academy for clergy leaders in our parish and seeking participants.  According to Sheriff Tony Mancuso the purpose of this academy is to improve police and community relations and enhance the ability to address issues within our community. This academy will provide the clergy and faith-based community leaders with practical knowledge of various police operations, practices and objectives while exploring opportunities for collaboration between local law enforcement and the faith-based community in an effort to achieve crime prevention and crime reduction.  Academy participants will receive lectures and hands-on training from CPSO deputies, as well as officers from the Lake Charles Police Department, in criminal investigations, domestic violence, civil rights, gang violence, school related crimes as well as several other topics in law enforcement.

The goals of the Clergy/Law Enforcement Partnership Academy are:

-Strengthen partnership between law enforcement and the local community.   

-Further the community’s role as a leader in crime reduction. 

-Identify and address social issues that diminish the quality of life in the community.   

-Link those in need to services and resources that currently exist in the community.  

-Gain a better understanding of law enforcement work. 

-Inform law enforcement leaders of citizens concerns. 

-Ministers and community leaders will be able to share this information to constituents and congregations. 

The first of six Monday night sessions will take place this Monday, July 6, at 6:00 p.m. at the CPSO Training Academy located at 3958 Mallard Cove Dr. in Lake Charles.  Members of the clergy or faith-based community leaders are encouraged to attend this academy.  For more information or to reserve your seat, contact Chaplain Bart Leger at (337) 491-6620 or bleger@cpso.com

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