Ten Bossier deputies departed for Baton Rouge this afternoon, to provide support for the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office during the civil unrest in the state’s capital.
The 13 Bossier deputies who deployed to Baton Rouge July 11 had returned home safely last week. The new detachment will be sworn in as East Baton Rouge deputies and remain in the area for at least the rest of this week.
Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington briefed the deputies about the importance of the mission, saying, “We stand for law and order, and it’s a trying and dangerous time for them down there. I know they would come and help us if the roles were reversed.”
The team, equipped with riot control gear, left Bossier shortly after 4 p.m.
Bossier Sheriff’s Office Chaplain Jay Valentine asked for God’s blessing on the journey.
The deputies will each ride with a local deputy in the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s patrol units. Preparation for civil unrest actually began more than a year ago at the Bossier Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Whittington set up a special Riot Control Unit to keep peace in cases of civil unrest, and the team has been training extensively.
“These are some of the finest deputies you’ll find, and they prepared for a time like this,” said Sheriff Whittington. “We pray for their safety.”