Lake Charles –


According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 128th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 34 officers representing 17 agencies in the five-parish area.  Twenty-nine officers completed 514 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement.  Three officers completed 140 hours of refresher courses and two officers completed 220 hours of transition courses.  These law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.


Stefan Simmons, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, was selected class president of the 128th Basic Academy.

The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Thomas Jenkins, Elton Police Department.

Firearms awards were presented to:

Donald Waterman, first; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Tyler Smith, second; Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

Brandin Harper, third; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Maria Daraban, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Physical Training was presented to Brandin Harper, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office


Officers graduating after completing 514 hours of instruction are as follows:

Cole Bradford– Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office

Larry Bailey, Jr., Kassondra Hagen, Tyler Smith, Chance Stracner – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

Kasha Carpenter, Kelsye Cassell, Maria Daraban, Erin Guidry, Brandin Harper, Miguel Juarez, Kaytlen Leger, Nicholas Louviere, Stefan Simmons, Donald Waterman, Katie Watkins, Abigale Wright, Allen Wyninger - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Logan Broussard, Cole Castille – Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Department

Lacey Marcile – Coushatta Police Department

Samuel Brady– DeQuincy Police Department

Thomas Jenkins – Elton Police Department

Jeanine Dugas– Iowa Police Department

Daniel Crews– Lake Charles Harbor Police Department

Cameron Rudisill – Lake Charles Police Department

Caleb Butts – Louisiana State Fire Marshal

 Kristen Welch – Sulphur Police Department

Alexander Dougherty – Ward 3 Marshal’s Office


Christopher Gallow, Jennings Police Department, Malcolm Ledet, Oberlin Police Department, and Craig Lee, Ward 3 Marshal’s Office, graduated after completing 140 hours of refresher courses. Jacob O’Connell, Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Raymond Eaves, Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office, graduated after completing 220 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.