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According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 117th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 31 officers representing 11 agencies in the five-parish area.  There were 30 officers who completed 374 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement, and 1 officer who completed a transition course of 170 hours of instruction.  All 31 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

Bayne Smith, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, was selected class president of the 117th Basic Academy.

The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Fred Martin, Sulphur Police Department.

Firearms awards were presented to:

Bayne Smith, first; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Joshua Abbott, second; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Fred Martin, third; Sulphur Police Department

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Joshua Abbott, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Officers graduating after completing 374 hours of instruction are as follows:

                        Joshua Abbott, David Armstrong, Alish Baudoin, Dreylin Bias, Jeremy Crochet, Zachery Ellender, Kristen Fontenot, Jeffery Johnson, Jennifer Landry, Brandon Logue, Michael Miller, Joseph Mulligan, Cody Oliva, Brandi Roessler, Kade Scott, Bayne Smith, Jason Thorpe, Andrae Warriner  - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                              Chance Conner  - Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Rosa Captain, Jacob LaCour– Coushatta Police Department

Kevin Miller – Elton Police Department

Elizabeth Ivey – Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Lauren Cowick – McNeese Police Department

Denis Jordan, Gary Saleh – New Llano Police Department

Justin Russell – Oakdale Police Department

Jake Simon – Harbor Police Department

Alexandra Haynes, Fred Martin – Sulphur Police Department

Amanda Doyle, Deridder Police Department, graduated after completing 170 hours of transition courses. 


The Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy is located in Lake Charles and provides accredited training, several law enforcement agencies in the parishes of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jeff Davis.  It was established in 1974 and is administered by Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.