Craig Bean

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Bean has had a career in law enforcement for over 25 years. He started his career at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office in 1991.

 

Bean has worked in several departments including Corrections and Enforcement. During his career Bean also served as Lieutenant over the CPSO ACT-T Team (Anti-Crime, Tactical & Training Unit) for several years. Prior to being promoted to Commander, Bean most recently served as Captain over Enforcement and then was transferred to Captain over Support Services.

 

Throughout his law enforcement career, he has attended many law enforcement related schools and seminars. He is a graduate of the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Academy with numerous hours of post certification training.


Regional Law Enforcement Academy


It is the function of the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Academy is to coordinate and plan law-enforcement Louisiana Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (P.O.S.T.) approved training programs for recruits in the five parish region (Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jefferson Davis) as well as in-service training for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.  It is our mission to provide the highest quality law enforcement training to prepare officers to not only obtain certification from the Louisiana Peace Officer Standards and Training Council but to service their respective communities in a professional and ethical manner.  

 

Cadets who attend the academy will complete more than 500 hours of training and testing mandated by P.O.S.T.  Law enforcement training can, at times, be physically demanding; therefore, physical fitness evaluations are conducted prior to admission to the academy to ensure the continued health and safety of all cadets.  Upon the successful completion of all academy training and passing the Louisiana P.O.S.T. examination, cadets return to their respective departments as fully certified police officers by the State of Louisiana.  

 

In order to attend the training academy, cadets must be fully commissioned police officers, reserve officers, or otherwise employed with full law enforcement authority by a recognized law enforcement agency in good standing with P.O.S.T.

 

To apply to attend the training academy, cadets must submit a Full Basic Registration Form signed by their agency head, an Informed Consent Form, and a Full Basic Physical Examination Form.  (Links to those forms are provided below.)

The Academy is located at 3958 Mallard Cove Drive in Lake Charles.

ACADEMY REGISTRATION FORMS & INFORMATION


Warrants Division



The Warrants Division is tasked with housing all warrants referred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office for service by other agencies and court systems within Calcasieu Parish. Agencies outside of Calcasieu, but within Louisiana, and from other states refer warrants for service as well. This division also facilitates the extradition process on behalf of the 14th Judicial District Court System.

 

Additionally, the warrants division maintains the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Sex Offender registry for those convicted sex offenders required to register. Louisiana law provides for an aggressive posture regarding compliance which includes warrants deputies performing random, unannounced home visits ensuring offenders address information is current.


The Anti-crime, tactical & training unit


ACT-T, is a diverse group of Sheriff's office employees who "fill in the void" when it comes to numerous tasks that the Sheriff's Office is faced with. Made up of several dedicated "full time" employees and augmented by other departmental employees who have other full time responsibilities, the ACT-T unit is comprised of officers who have extensive training and experience in handling some of the most difficult, complex, and routinely dangerous situations. Often, the unit simply handles task that simply don't fit the job descriptions of other divisions.

 

The "Anti-Crime" component consists of the unit's responsibility to take a proactive approach to preventing crime within the parish. More than just patrolling neighborhoods in an attempt to deter crime, the unit directs its focus on target areas within the parish. Armed with information compiled from a variety of sources, the unit's goal is to be in places where the crime is most likely to occur, at the time it is most likely to happen. No crime, of course, is completely predictable. By narrowing the focus through analysis of intelligence, however, we can increase the probability of being in the right place at the right time, and in turn, increase the probability of preventing crime.

 

The "Tactical" component of the unit relies on the assistance of other departmental employees for many situations. On call 24-7, the unit is available to provide assistance in any number of situations that may exceed the training, manpower, or equipment required to effectively respond to the situation. Tasks include, but are not limited to, responding to hostage, barricaded subject, or active shooter situations; recovery of escaped fugitives; response to bomb threats, bombings, or deployment of weapons of mass destruction; search and rescue missions; executive or witness protection details; high-risk prisoner transport; and execution of high-risk search and arrest warrants.

 

The "Training" component of the unit is a natural by-product of having a wealth of knowledge and experience in such a small unit. Most ACT-T personnel are certified instructors in many aspects of law enforcement; all possess knowledge and training that benefits not only the unit, but also other divisions within the department. This knowledge is shared during in-service training and academy sessions.

Above all, the unit is here for any division that needs additional manpower, equipment, or just some simple advice. By maintaining a network of contacts within the law enforcement and criminal justice community, the ACT-T unit will find a solution to every problem no matter what the situation.