Thirteen deputies with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office departed for Baton Rouge Monday morning to provide support and augment the law enforcement agencies as part of the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association Task Force during the civil unrest in the state’s capital.
Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington briefed the deputies this morning at the Viking Drive Substation about the importance of the mission.
“We stand for law and order, and it’s a trying time for them down there,” Sheriff Whittington said. “I know they would come and help us if the roles were reversed.”
The team gathered their riot control gear and was on the road at 10:30 this morning…but not before Bossier Sheriff’s Office Chaplain Jay Valentine asked for God’s blessing on the journey and their task at hand.
The deputies will provide manpower and help with civil unrest for the patrol units and to protect the citizens of Baton Rouge during this tense time. Preparation for a time like this actually began more than a year ago at the Bossier Sheriff’s Office.
In 2015, Sheriff Whittington stood 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 just a time like this,” said Sheriff Whittington. “We pray for their safety and all of the law enforcement officers who stand to keep public safety as they represent the Thin Blue Line.”