APSO seeks help from community to decrease violence in Donaldsonville


The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office said at its announcement to “beef up” patrol to decrease the crime rates in Donaldsonville, but Sheriff Jeff Wiley and Chief Deputy Colonel Tony Bacala said they need the help of the community.

“We need the community to cooperate with law enforcement,” Sheriff Wiley said.

Sheriff Wiley said the best way to get the community to help is make it aware and make it understand that “there is a sense of urgency.”

“This is not political ploy, this is not a over reaction, this is not a knee jerk reaction, this is based on data, based on bodies, based on arrests, based on the fact that in this community a simple battery can evolve into two weeks later or fifteen minutes later into a shooting,” Sheriff Wiley said.

“We’re not at the end of the line, it’s still a good community to live in, but there are pockets in this community that need much more of what we have to offer.”

Donaldsonville Council Chairman Raymond Aucoin, said the council is “certainly in support of everything.”

“It’s good to see that you guys are going to be proactive,” Aucoin said.

Sheriff Wiley said the APSO works best when it has the community behind it.

“We really need the community to be involved in a positive way,” Sheriff Wiley said. “Support us and be our eyes and ears on every street corner, every hour of the day let us know what we need to know to get out there and make a difference.”

To help the APSO, Sheriff Wiley said make calls, send emails, or send a text message with an anonymous tip.

“Everyday we’re making arrests based on anonymous tips.”

Councilman Charles Brown, Sr. said he appreciates “you all for coming out and enlightening us.”

“To hear all the things that are going on, I didn’t know all of that type of activity was going on in our community,” Brown said. “We certainly are behind you 110 percent.”

The APSO urges the public to contact its office with any information at 225-621-INFO (4636) or by texting 847411, its anonymous tip line from any cellular device, or Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP (7867). To be eligible for a cash reward, you must contact Crime Stoppers immediately.