St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Reserve Division deputies conducting extra patrols for holiday season

St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Reserve Division Deputies Michael B. Chutz, left, and Sal D’Antoni, center, speak with a shopper in the parking lot of Canseco’s Supermarket on St. Claude Avenue in Arabi. Members of the Sheriff’s Office Reserve Division are conducting extra patrols around local shopping centers throughout the holiday season.

The hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season can leave us distracted, making us easy targets for criminals, St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

In an effort to keep St. Bernard Parish residents safe this Christmas, members of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Reserve Division are conducting extra patrols around local shopping centers and will continue to do so throughout the holiday season.

“Our Reserve Division plays an important role in supplementing our police force in specific situations, including working during large-scale events such as festivals, parades and athletic events throughout the parish,” Sheriff Pohlmann said. “They also assist us with extra patrols during the busy holiday shopping season.”

Capt. Charles Borchers, commander of the Reserve Division, said there are currently about two dozen Reserve Division deputies who are unpaid, volunteer officers.

The department always welcomes new applicants, Capt. Borchers said, and many Reserve Division deputies have gone on to become full-time, paid Sheriff’s Office deputies.

“You do not need a background in law enforcement,” Capt. Borchers said. “We provide all training and supply uniforms as well.”

To apply, Capt. Borchers said a person must meet the following criteria:

  • Live in St. Bernard Parish
  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Have earned a high school diploma or GED
  • Have a clean police record; background checks will be conducted.

For more information, or to obtain an application, contact Capt. Borchers at (504) 278-7628 or Sgt. Eric Eilers at (504) 278-7799.

In an effort to keep St. Bernard Parish residents safe this Christmas, members of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Reserve Division are conducting extra patrols around local shopping centers and will continue to do so throughout the holiday season.