Newsmaker: Sheriff Sid Gautreaux

Sheriff Sid Gautreaux
Sheriff Sid Gautreaux

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux was scheduled to appear as a candidate to talk about his re-election campaign, but he has bronchitis and laryngitis.

Below is a statement Gautreaux released about his campaign:

If re-elected, I pledge to the residents to continue to combat crime with innovative and aggressive techniques that are focused on community policing, education and outreach. I think the numbers show that what we are doing is working—for EBRSO from 2007 to 2010 violent crime decreased almost 42%, homicides decreased by 57% and property crimes decreased by more than 13%.

We brought the department up to current law enforcement standards by updating our outdated equipment and fleet; updated our radio, computer and phone systems; increased uniform patrol deputies by 42%; and added much-needed units like homicide, K-9, community policing and bike patrol.

To me, education, visibility and outreach are key. We cannot do this alone, so we have to reach out to the community in order to bridge the gap between residents and law enforcement. To this end, we've participated in and hosted hundreds of community outreach programs. Reaching out to our youth is paramount. We've increased our D.A.R.E. program in schools, we're working to combat truancy and we've started programs like Reality Behind Bars and One Day With Kids to reach out to at-risk children.

While we are going to continue to lock up dangerous criminals to keep our community safe, we have to continue to work on rehabilitative programs that can stop the revolving door at the prison. In order to reduce recidivism, we've increase programs at the prison from two to more than 19. We've added a GED and faith-based wing, and we've worked with community partners that have helped us do all this with volunteers.

Since taking office, I also think we've seen an unprecedented level of cooperation and collaboration with area law enforcement. We work daily with the city police agencies, state police, the District Attorney and others. The Violent Crimes Unit comprised of area law enforcement agencies is a trail-blazing effort that has made great strides at combating area crime.

I plan to continue along this same vein of aggressive, innovative enforcement and couple that with constant outreach, education and collaboration. The two must go hand in hand. We want to shake the hands of the law-abiding residents and work together with them, but we must continue to put handcuffs on those that choose to break the law.

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