Story by Allen J. Smith, Bossier Sheriff’s Office
Another detachment of Bossier deputies left today, bound for the Baton Rouge area.
Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington said five deputies are being sent today to the troubled area to help agencies there whose resources are strained to the limit after the disastrous historic flooding, which came on the heels of the July civil unrest in the state capital.
The deputies will assist in Livingston and East Baton Rouge parishes.
“Those agencies are performing their duties under an enormous amount of stress right now,” Whittington said. “Some of the Baton Rouge area officers and deputies themselves have lost everything in the flood, yet they carry on with their duties. We intend to help them in any way we can. These Bossier deputies will assist in patrol. As sometimes happens in a situation like this, there is a potential for looting and other criminal activity, and our deputies will help keep people safe, so they can concentrate on the massive job of recovery.”
The deputies who left today are the sixth detachment of Bossier deputies who have gone to assist Baton Rouge area law enforcement during the civil unrest in July and the flooding in August:
July 11, 13 Bossier deputies deployed to Baton Rouge as part of the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association Task Force, during the civil unrest in the state’s capital. That team returned July 15.
July 19, 10 Bossier deputies deployed to Baton Rouge to provide support for the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office during the civil unrest.
Aug. 12, two deputies deployed to New Iberia Parish to help with the flooding situation there as part of the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association Emergency Task Force. They went with the Bossier Sheriff’s Hydratrek amphibious vehicle.
Aug. 13, four deputies departed with the Argo amphibious vehicle and two Zodiac boats. A team of six deputies went to the Baton Rouge area the following day, to help with flood evacuations and rescues there.
Aug. 15, seven deputies deployed to Baton Rouge as part of the newly-formed Bossier Parish Water and Technical Emergency Rescue (WATER) Task Force, equipped with specialized water rescue gear, such as life vests which can sustain more than one person, and special ropes and rigging designed for swift water or dangerous situations. That team returned Aug. 17.
Aug. 25, the present detachment of five deputies departed for Baton Rouge to help with patrol efforts