William A. Scheufens

Security Enforcement Commander  |  Email 


Scheufens began his law enforcement career in 1980 with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office and remained there until 2000. He worked for the McNeese Police Department until 2004 at which time he returned to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office with the Tony Mancuso administration.

 

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from McNeese State University in 1996. He is also a graduate of the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy 22nd Basic Session and the 193rd session of the FBI National Academy.

 

His law enforcement experience includes corrections, enforcement, criminal and administrative investigations, training, and special operations. His current assignment requires oversight of CPSO operations involving the Marine, School Resource, Professional Standards and Lake Charles Regional Airport divisions.

 

He has served in several volunteer positions with the United Way of Southwest Louisiana, Southwest Louisiana Chamber of Commerce, and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Avenue of Flags. He has also held several positions with the Board of Governors with the Louisiana Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates including Chapter President in 2007.



School Resource Officer Program


The School Resource Officer Program is a proactive, innovative, problem-solving approach to assist in reducing crime by assigning specially trained certified law enforcement officer to each junior and high school in the parish. This program began with the assistance of a federal grant that allowed the Sheriff's Office to work with the school system on the implementation. The grant funding expired in 2005 and in now funded jointly between the school board and the sheriff's office. The program follows a national trend to responding to the increase of violence on school campus to not only students but to school administration. The goal is to offer a safe environment so students can obtain an education without the fear of violence.  


The SRO program is a nationally accepted program involving the placement of a law enforcement officer within the educational environment. The officer's role is more than being a very active high profile law enforcement officer and includes being a resource for students, parents, teachers, and administration regarding law related issues.  


While the primary duty is to reduce crime and violence in the schools, SRO's often find themselves teaching classes, counseling students, and being a mentor to students at school. Besides working with individual students, SRO's also assist in community policing in the area surrounding the school. Some examples of community policing problem solving involve traffic issues, noise complaints, drug sales, and safety in nearby parks and business areas. 


The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office has twenty-eight school resource officers covering twenty-five schools in the parish. The officers are assigned to a school to be a direct link between the school and any issue that may need the assistance of law enforcement.  


If you have questions about the program or have any issues you wish to address about a specific issue at school, you can e-mail mwalker@cpso.com. Your question will be given to the officer assigned to the school and a response sent to you.

 

For additional information contact

Lt. Mike Walker

Program Supervisor

(337) 491-3848

mwalker@cpso.com


Airport Security


The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office currently provides a secure environment for the Lake Charles Regional Airport around the clock.  This division is staffed by five (5) Louisiana P.O.S.T. certified deputies. 


Their responsibilities include but are not limited to providing a security presence at boarding gates as well as exit gates, patrol the airport perimeter and grounds, monitoring the numerous surveillance cameras throughout the facility, along with responding to any emergency should one arise.


Often, these deputies are the first representative of Calcasieu Parish observed by incoming travelers.  Therefore, it is important that they conduct themselves in a courteous yet professional manner.


Along with the basic training, several of the deputies assigned are also Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) certified, which provides training to deal with parties experiencing mental episodes.


Bailiffs & Courtroom Security


The Civil Division also encompasses Court Security and Bailiffs. There are twenty-four (24) court security deputies and nine (9) bailiffs. The purpose of court security deputies is to maintain the appropriate levels of security and communication necessary to protect the integrity of court procedures, sustain the rights of individuals before the court, deter those who would take violent action against the court or participants thereof, and sustain the dignity of the court. They also give direction in the daily operations of court security and provide the necessary response in the event of an emergency.


The bailiffs attend all sessions of the court and, under the direction of the court, open and close each court session. They maintain order and decorum in the courtroom and perform other duties as assigned by law or the court. The bailiffs, when requested to do so, also call all witnesses in the building whose testimony is desired by the court or a party to the proceedings.


When entering the courts everyone is required to go through the security screening process.  There are no knives, guns, pepper spray, weapons or cell phones allowed in Family or Criminal Court. 



Professional Standards


Responsible for the policy development, maintenance and accuracy of the Sheriff's Office Policy and Procedures Manual and the development and maintenance of the Sheriff's Office S.O.P. (Standard Operating Procedure) Manual.

 

Ensures policy revision and updating for consistency and accuracy of agency forms control and the development and maintenance of the agency's Crisis Management and Response Manual.

 

The personnel assigned to this division are also involved in researching and writing grants; grants management and reporting; and the procurement of grant-related equipment.

 

 

 

 

 


Funeral Escorts


The Funeral Escort Division provides escorts for all funerals in Calcasieu Parish in marked Sheriff's Office cars. This division consists of eight full-time deputies.