What the APSO plans to do to ‘beef up’ its patrol

DERON TALLEY, EDITOR @dvillechief

The Ascension Parish Sheriffs Office is going to “beef up” its patrol in Donaldsonville and has already seen positive effects of its presence on the streets since May. Sheriff Jeff Wiley said at the Donaldsonville City Council meeting that his office is going to “do our part.”

“I’ll tell you what we’re going to do,” Sheriff Wiley said, ”and we have full pockets to do this, this is how committed we are.”

  • “We’re going to increase drug enforcement major. We’re going to take the low-hanging fruit – that’s the street corner drug dealer – and try to manifest that in the mid-level. We are going to take on the street level drug dealers and move them out.”
  • “Increase patrol presence. We’re going to put our money where our mouth is and beef up our patrol division because it’s going to increase our response time, but it’s also going to allow more officers more proactive in handling issues like this: juvenile curfew, curfew in general – what is someone out walking the street at 2 a.m., we’re going to find out aggressively and vigorously.”
  • “We will be doing and have been doing warrant round-ups. There are a lot of people here who are walking with warrants. We will be doing much more of that.”
  • “Initiate a Street Narcotics Apprehension Program (SNAP), where not only will our Narcotics teams be here but we will have an overt level, a special team that will move people off the street corners.”

Also effective Monday, the APSO will be picking up any juvenile out after the Donaldsonville curfew of 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. on the week day and 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. on the weekend days. Sheriff Wiley said those who are in violation will be brought in and a parent will have to come pick them up.

“If we have to wait over an hour before a parent arrives to pick the child up, the parent will be arrested upon arrival,” Sheriff Wiley said, stressing his seriousness to those in attendance.