Six St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies and four from the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office graduated Feb. 3 after a 90-hour Corrections Division course in Peace Officers Standards and Training, or P.O.S.T.
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. Vincent Scandariato Jr., Dep. Dawn Penney, Dep. Ashley Blasio, Dep. Steven Oalmann, Dep. Michelle Waites and Dep. Rees Guiterrez. Graduates from Plaquemines Parish are: Dep. Amelia Gause, Dep. Wilfred Antoine Jr., Dep. Tyler Crosby and Dep. James Miller.