St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Junior Deputy Academy: Week 2

Capt. Brian Clark, a retired state Wildlife and Fisheries agent who heads the Sheriff’s Office Marine Division, has some fun with Junior Deputy Academy participants Seth Ruiz, left, and Marcuss Campbell, right, by spraying water on them to simulate rain or water splashing in their face during a drill exercise to see how fast they could correctly put on a lifejacket in an emergency situation.

The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Junior Deputy Academy’s second week included visits from the Special Weapons and Tactics team, or S.W.A.T., and the Marine division.

The program, which began June 5 and runs through July 12, is patterned after the Sheriff’s Office Citizens Police Academy for adults. The purpose of the program is to teach youngsters ages 10-13 about the various aspects of law enforcement.

During the program, participants visit St. Bernard Parish Prison, are given firearms safety instruction at a local shooting range and basic first aid and CPR instruction, and they witness demonstrations with some of the department’s state-of-the-art equipment. The program will wrap up with a graduation ceremony July 18.

Capt. Brian Clark, a retired state Wildlife and Fisheries agent who heads the Sheriff’s Office Marine Division, shows Junior Deputy Academy participant Ashton Deimel how to properly put on a lifejacket.

Capt. Brian Clark, a retired state Wildlife and Fisheries agent who heads the Sheriff’s Office Marine Division, speaks to Junior Deputy Academy participants about the various types of boats used by the Sheriff’s Office, including the airboat shown.

Lt. Daniel Bostic visits with Junior Deputy Academy participant Trey Roberts during a snack break.