A celebration was held May 20 to honor members of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Reserve Division, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.
The barbecue was held at Docville Farm in Violet to show appreciation to Reserve Division deputies – unpaid, volunteer officers who supplement the department’s police force in specific situations.
Capt. Charles Borchers, commander of the Reserve Division, said Reserve officers work during large-scale events such as festivals, parades and athletic events throughout the parish, as well as performing extra patrols at local businesses during the busy holiday shopping season.
During the gathering, Sheriff James Pohlmann visited with two dozen Reserve Deputies and their families and thanked them for their devoted, selfless service.
“We couldn’t do what we do so efficiently without the help of our Reserve Division deputies,” Sheriff Pohlmann said. “They are a valuable asset to this department and we appreciate their dedication.”
Also in attendance was Bill Haines with the Meraux Foundation, which graciously offered the use of the facility for the event.
Capt. Borchers said the Sheriff’s Office is always looking for new Reserve Division applicants.
“You do not need a background in law enforcement,” Capt. Borchers said. “We provide all training and supply uniforms as well.”
Reserve Division deputies attend an 80-hour basic law enforcement in-service training course, twice a week for 10 weeks. Capt. Borchers said many Reserve Division deputies have gone on to become full-time, paid officers.
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.