Lake Charles –


According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 129th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 30 officers representing 13 agencies in the five-parish area.  Twenty-seven officers completed 519 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement.  Three officers completed 140 hours of refresher courses. These law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

Hunter Keehnen, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, was selected class president of the 129th Basic Academy.

The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Zachary Robinson, Merryville Police Department.

Firearms awards were presented to:

Landon Turano, first; Lake Charles Police Department

Lance Turano, second; Lake Charles Police Department

Jace Dufresne, third; Sulphur Police Department

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Garrett Ellison, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Physical Training was presented to Joon-Young Hong, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Officers graduating after completing 519 hours of instruction are as follows:

                        Cole Roberts– Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Chad Belaire, John Chaisson, Dylan Day, River Duhon, Garrett Ellison, Seth Fusilier, Danika Guillory, Joon-Young Hong, Ryan Jones, Hunter Keehnen, Shirley Mulligan  - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Gavin Faulk– Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Department

Kaitlan Cormier, Joseph Young – Jennings Police Department

Lucretia “Marie” Manuel – Kinder Police Department

Jalen Melbert – Lake Arthur Police Department

                        JD Hunt, Lance Turano, Landon Turano – Lake Charles Police Department

Zachary Robinson – Merryville Police Department

Winston Lambright – Oakdale Police Department

                        Jace Dufresne, Chase McConnell, Benjamin Morgan – Sulphur Police Department

Jimmy Cain – Ward 4 Marshal’s Office

Austin Mouton – Welsh Police Department

                        Joshua Anders, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Jeremy LeBlanc and Christopher O’Brien, Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, graduated after completing 140 hours of refresher 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.