DANIEL EDWARDS, Sheriff
Welcome to the Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Office Website. Our goal is to be the best Sheriff’s Office in the state.
As your sheriff, it is my intention to provide the citizens of Tangipahoa Parish the information they need about the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office. This website is very informative and I hope it helps you understand a little more about the work we do and the dedication and commitment of the men and women who serve our parish.
Daniel Edwards, Sheriff
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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over!
In an effort to get drunk drivers off the road, raise public awareness about the dangers of drunk driving, and most importantly, to save more lives on our roadways, the Sheriff’s Office will be conducting and participating in Sobriety Checkpoints throughout our parish in the month of December.
Sobriety Checkpoints are schedule for December 13th in the Ponchatoula area, December 14th in the north end of the Parish and December 20th and 27th for the Hammond area. Remember, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over".
“The consequences of drinking and driving can be costly no matter how may many drinks you have consumed.” states Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards. The task of stopping impaired drivers is a joint effort of law enforcement agencies and the public. Drunk driving is one of America’s most often committed and deadliest crimes.
With the holidays upon us, it’s important to be mindful of the following advice for the season:
• Don’t drink if you plan on driving or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
• Spend the night where the activity is held.
• If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life.
• Always buckle-up, every ride. It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
• If you are intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive or escort you to your doorstep.
• Be a responsible friend. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.
By never allowing an impaired driver to get behind the wheel of a vehicle and reporting dangerous drivers to law enforcement, the public can play an important role in the reduction of crashes caused by impaired drivers. Making poor decisions in a vehicle such as driving impaired, driving while distracted, or not wearing a seat belt leads to serious injuries and deaths every day across the state. Making the responsible decision can mean the difference between life and death.
2012 -2013 TPSO Audit Release
Sheriff Daniel Edwards released the Audit Report for the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2013, prepared by the firm of Postlethwaite & Netterville, a regional accounting firm with significant expertise in governmental audits. The Audit Report, which was filed with the Legislative Auditor on November 22, 2013, provided an Unmodified Opinion, indicating the auditors found no errors, omissions or other deficiencies in the financial statements and accounting practices of the Sheriff’s Office for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013. The auditors had no “findings” and no recommendations for improvement in financial reporting or internal controls. Postlethwaite & Netterville also audited regulatory compliance issues as well and it verified that all standards of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget relating to federal programs administered by the Sheriff’s Office were complied with.
Over the course of the Fiscal Year, the audit found that the Sheriff’s Office total net position decreased $762,322 for this year’s operations resulting in a reported $488,000 deficit, the first such deficit in Sheriff Edwards’ tenure in public office.
The primary reason for this deficit was a reduction in prisoner housing payments, amounting to $492,000, caused by reducing the number of prisoners housed under contract for the Louisiana Department of Corrections. To create additional space for local prisoners, the Sheriff reduced the number of prison beds allocated to the Department of Corrections, which pays the full cost of keeping prisoners in jail, and replaced those prisoners with local prisoners for whom Parish Government pays just $3.50/day (the minimum permitted under state law). Clearly that approach was not fiscally sustainable, and until Parish Government finds a long-term way to pay the costs of prisoner housing, it will be necessary for the Tangipahoa Parish jail to continue to allocate some space to state prisoners to provide revenue for operations of the jail. While Sheriff Edwards was hopeful that the sales tax initiative proposed by Parish Government on the October 19 election ballot would fund the cost of housing more local prisoners in the jail, the voters did not approve that proposition, leaving the Sheriff’s Office with no financial alternatives other than to rent jail space to generate sufficient revenue needed to keep the jail operating.
The deficit did not create a fiscal problem for the Sheriff’s Office because of fund balances created in prior years which were able to absorb this budget shortfall. The auditors found that these fund balances were adequate for the current needs of the Sheriff’s Office. The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office has also seen increased retirement contribution costs as well as increased health and liability insurance costs in the current fiscal year, but we are working hard to find ways to cover these without running a significant deficit in 2014. Sheriff Edwards has already taken the budgetary actions required to eliminate the source of last fiscal year’s deficit and does not anticipate a deficit for the current year.
TPSO News Release
November 13, 2013
For Immediate Release from Sheriff Daniel Edwards
HAMMOND – The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office has received $50,478.00 in grant funding from the Highway Safety Commission to conduct additional traffic safety enforcement activities thought the year.
The 12 month grant, which began this October, will allow the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office to continue conducting DWI/Seatbelt saturation patrols as well as checkpoints throughout the parish, targeting individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics as well as people who are not wearing their seat belt.
Beginning November 24, 2013, , the TPSO is participating in the 'Click It or Ticket' seat belt enforcement mobilization program, targeting motorists who are not wearing seat belts. The Sheriff's Office will also participate in the "Buckle Up In Your Truck" traffic safety campaign.
This grant funding will also be used to increase the number of deputies on the streets. Those deputies will be looking for drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol as well as drivers who are not using their seatbelts and children who are not properly restrained in vehicles. Funding has also been provided for programs targeting underage drinking and the illegal sale of alcohol to minors.
“ Help make the roads the safest they can be by eliminating distractions, driving sober, and by properly using seatbelt restraints.” States Edwards.
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office also wants to remind all drivers to be safe and responsible drivers.
Reserve Academy and MOUNTED UNIT Applications
HAMMOND- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards announces that the sheriff’s office is now accepting applications for the TPSO Reserve Academy and the for MOUNTED UNIT. Applications will be accepted through December 31, 2013.
Please turn your application in person at either the Hammond or Amite Office.
-Must be 21 years or older
-Must be free of any felony convictions and certain misdemeanors.
-Must possess a valid High School Diploma/GED.
-Must possess a valid Driver’s License.
-Must be able to meet attendance requirements.
-Must undergo both a physical and a psychological evaluation.
The Reserve Deputy Sheriff Program is a volunteer organization of individuals who provide the Sheriff;s Department with additional law enforcement resources to better serve the citizens of our Parish.
TPSO reserve deputies have the same powers of arrest as regular full-time deputies, therefore are required to meet the same hiring and training standards as full-time deputies.
The Reserve Program provides the opportunity for personal growth and education. Reserve Deputy Sheriff assignments may include field operations, various special programs, events and other assignments at the direction of the Sheriff.