Generosity of local law enforcement deserves recognition

If you look inside the policy and procedure manual for any police or sheriff’s department, many of the duties and responsibilities for law enforcement officers are the same.

Many of these requirements are familiar to the general public: officers and deputies patrol designated areas to preserve law and order, prevent and discover commissions of crimes and to enforce traffic and parking regulations; answer calls and complaints involving fire, auto crash, robberies and other misdemeanors and felonies; conduct investigations, gather evidence, obtain witnesses; and a number of other duties we overlook or do not realize.

It’s a tough line of work desperately needed in society.

With so many duties and responsibilities placed upon law enforcement, what more should we ask of our officers and deputies? Many would expect nothing more but recently two Jeff Davis Parish (JDP) departments have gone above and beyond the call of duty to better the lives of members of our communities, and even strangers in other areas.

In April, the Jeff Davis Sheriff’s Office (JDSO) hosted the inaugural Sheriff Ivy Woods Golf Tournament, a new annual event that raises funds for Communities Against Domestic Abuse (CADA). The JDSO is already quite familiar with CADA, considering that they encounter domestic violence crimes, victims and offenders on a weekly basis. Many times, it is the same victims and offenders over and over.

CADA, like many non-profit agencies, has had to take cost-cutting measures thanks to drastic budget cuts over the past two years. But funds are still needed to protect the defenseless. So Woods and his department decided to go the extra mile to create a fundraiser that would help out. This year’s first event raised $10,000 for CADA – an amazing amount of money for a first-time venture.

But the compassion of local law enforcement does not extend to this area only.

The Jennings Police Department (JPD) saw the massive loss of life, homes and many necessities after a series of storms unleashed devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma communities. Those areas are an estimated 600 miles away. Still, the JPD decided to open its department as a drop-off site for non-perishable food, toiletry, clothing and toy donations. On top of coordinating this, the JPD will also be transporting the goods to Covington, from where items will head on to Oklahoma.

The work law enforcement does protects and betters our lives each day. It says a lot about the JDSO and the JPD that they are willing to step out even further to make a difference.

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