The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Patrol Deputies are the most highly visible team within the Tangipahoa Sheriff's Office. These law enforcement deputies are responsible for responding to over 45,000 calls a year to handle nuisance complaints, domestic violence cases, armed robberies and homicides. These Deputies are also proactive in patrolling the residential areas throughout our parish. TPSO Criminal Patrol Deputies additionally respond to automobile accidents and traffic incidents. Because of their presence on our interstates and roadways, many of the parish's drug arrests are the result of our Criminal Deputies who have been trained on how to detect signs of drug presence and abuse. In addition, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office Criminal Patrol division provides assistance to neighboring municipalities, assisting with major investigations or serious incidents.
The Criminal Patrol division is one of the Sheriff's Office largest organizations. Our Criminal Deputies patrol roughly 823 square miles of within Tangipahoa Parish. Our Parish is divided into four districts for purposes of law enforcement. This allows for a better response time when responding to calls of service. This design allows our Sheriff to have effective leadership represented for each shift. Our shifts are based on a 12 hour rotations which are staffed with one lieutenant, two sergeants, and nine Criminal Patrol Deputies. The TPSO’s Criminal Patrol Deputies provide the initial response to calls for service and are available 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Since being electing, Sheriff Daniel Edwards has increased the number of our uniformed criminal deputies by 25%.
This division also includes the first full time K9 division in the history of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Daniel Edwards has 4 highly trained; multi purpose K9 dogs who work along side of specially trained deputies. This division also includes one single purpose K9 and two bloodhound dogs. These highly trained K9 teams are used in searches and apprehensions of high risk suspects and narcotic detections. The Tangipahoa Parish has the first two nationally certified and accredited K9 companions in our parish.
The purpose of the TPSO Criminal Deputies division is to protect life and property while maintaining peace through relentless efforts of brings justice to those who prey upon the innocent. Our deputies display the highest levels of courage, leadership, integrity and professionalism. These values are honored and are made visible daily through the lives of those who serve under the leadership of Sheriff Daniel Edwards and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Captain Don Alexander
Since 2004 Captain Alexander has been the leader and director of the Criminal Patrol Division of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office. He began his law enforcement career in the fall of 1981 as a policeman for the Amite City Police Department. In 1983 he graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. Since then, Captain Alexander has spent the majority of his career as a hands on leader in law enforcement. He is a POST Firearms Instructor and he plays a large role in the training and development of all TPSO new recruits.
Captain Alexander’s responsibilities branch out over the TPSO's Water Patrol Division and the Special Response Team. As a leader and patrol commander, Captain Alexander's mission is to lead a qualified and motivated team that proudly and willingly serve the citizens of Tangipahoa Parish.
A Prayer for all Deputies
Lord, I ask for courage; Courage to face my own fears…
Courage to take me where others will not go.
I ask for strength; Strength of body to protect others…
Strength of spirit to lead others.
I as for dedication; Dedication to my job and to do it well…
Dedication to my community to keep it safe.
Give me, Lord, concern; For all those who trust me…
And compassion for those who need me.
And please Lord, through it all; be beside me.