Five St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies and seven from the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office graduated June 9 after a 90-hour Corrections Division course in Peace Officers Standards and Training, or P.O.S.T., Sheriff James Pohlmann said.
The corrections course, which helps better prepare deputies to work in a prison environment or Juvenile Detention Center, covers topics such as defensive tactics, booking procedures, report writing and the use of force lesson plans. Deputies also are trained in the use of pepper spray, which includes each officer being pepper-sprayed in order to learn firsthand about its effects.
The course, led by instructors Capt. Dennis Morgan and Cpl. Brandon Lewis of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Corrections Division, was held at the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Training Center in Chalmette.
St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office deputies who were graduates of the class are: Dep. Donny Saucier, Dep. Melissa Senez, Dep. Nicholas Lambert, Dep. Brock Cadman and Dep. Carl Martin-Cook.
Plaquemines Sheriff’s Office deputies who were graduates are: Dep. Lashawn Williams, Dep. Charles Seruntine, Lt. James Gambino, Dep. Jacob Bene, Dep. Joseph Harris Jr., Dep. Akira Williams and Dep. Dylan Goff.