St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office kicks off 21st session of its Citizens Police Academy

St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann speaks to Citizens Police Academy participants on Aug.21, opening night of the course's 21st session. The free, 10-week program is offered by the Sheriff’s Office so residents can learn about various aspects of police work.

The 21st session of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Citizens Police Academy kicked off Wednesday, Aug. 21 with two dozen residents ready and eager to learn about the multiple aspects of police work.

Participants heard from Sheriff James Pohlmann who said the program will provide them with the opportunity to learn more about what the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office do on a day-to-day basis to keep their community safe.

“This course will give you an insight on how and why things are handled in a certain manner,” Sheriff Pohlmann said to the participants. “Its purpose is to foster a positive relationship between our citizens and our officers.”

Coordinated by Capt. Charles Borchers, Sgt. Eric Eilers and Dep. Aaron Johnson, the 10-week course will include visits from veteran representatives of each division of the Sheriff’s Office who will speak on the various phases of law enforcement, including patrol work, narcotics enforcement, detective duties, and SWAT team demonstrations.

Participants also will visit the Parish Courthouse and Prison to see what those environments are like. A graduation ceremony will be held Oct. 23 for participants who complete the course.

Capt. Borchers said several hundred parish residents have participated in the Citizens Police Academy since its inception in 1998.

“It’s really become a popular course among adults,” he said. “This program gives residents a real feel for what police work entails and it’s about as realistic as we can make it for them.”

 For more information about the program, call Sgt. Eilers at (504) 278-7799.

Capt. Charles Borchers speaks to St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Citizens Police Academy participants on the opening night of this year’s course.
Sgt. Eric Eilers, right, welcomes a participant to the first class of this year’s Citizens Police Academy offered by the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office.
Dep. Aaron Johnson, who serves as the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office chaplain, left, visits with participants in this year’s Citizens Police Academy prior to the start of the first class.
Capt. Daniel Bostic, assistant commander of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Division, speaks to Citizens Police Academy participants about the dangers of drugs and what the Sheriff’s Office does to combat the epidemic.