Four state legislators were recently honored and recognized for their contributions to the Louisiana State Police.
The awards were made Saturday June 21, at the Louisiana State Troopers Association annual Awards Banquet held in Houma. This year’s recipients were Senator Neil Riser of Columbia and Representatives Chris Broadwater of Hammond, Chuck Kleckley of Lake Charles and Jeff Thompson of Bossier City. Representative Kleckley is the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The four were recognized for their assistance in establishing a permanent funding source for State Police operations.
In conferring the awards, Trooper Association President, Lieutenant Frank Besson, praised the untiring work of the legislators and acknowledged the difficulty of the task.
“All four of these gentlemen deserve more gratitude than we can possibly bestow on them for their service to Louisiana’s state troopers. Their determination and commitment helped us to reach goals that we have strived to attain for many, many years.”
Senator Riser and Representatives Broadwater and Thompson also received Legislator of the Year recognition in 2013 from the LSTA after working to provide funding of the first LSP cadet class in five years. That class graduated last in May and added 46 new troopers to State Police. This is only the first time in the forty-seven year history of the LSTA that a legislator has been named twice consecutively to receive the honor.