Keeping shoppers safe!
Sheriff Jerry Larpenter has officially announced Operation Safe Holidays, an initiative that will see heightened patrols in shopping areas through the end of the Christmas season. Detectives, Water Patrol agents, School Resource Officers, members of Juvenile, Warrants and other divisions will beef up shift patrols in areas with high shopping traffic, in a proactive effort to increase visibility and deter crime, while enhancing the ability of personnel to quickly respond to reports of crimes or other incidents.
The Sheriff discussed details of his plans while hosting media representatives on a demonstration of how his Mobile Command Post will be utilized at shopping areas throughout the parish.
The Command Post, a 32-foot, diesel powered Freightliner truck, is equipped with advanced telecommunications devices and can serve as a temporary headquarters for critical emergencies. A surveillance camera is attached to a telescoping mast that can give a panoramic view of multiple shopping areas with the ability to zoom in to areas of specific interest. The MCP will provide support for personnel on patrol.
“We will have the same amount of routine road patrols throughout the parish as usual,” Sheriff Larpenter said. “But for this operation we shall add to who is out there by using personnel whose routine duties do not include patrol. This means we will have more people out during any given time, and will not be utilizing overtime. When you know what you’re doing with your manpower you shouldn’t need overtime.”
Sheriff Larpenter said shoppers can increase their own margin of safety by taking precautions.
“Make sure your purse is not open where everything is exposed, your keys and your credit cards,” Sheriff Larpenter said. “Carry a blanket with you to cover up items you have purchased that are open to view of criminals. We are a shopping hub not only for Terrebonne Parish residents but also those from other parishes. Our crime rate is down tremendously but we don’t want to take any risks of people being victimized.”
The Mobile Command Post will be operational for enhanced holiday operations starting Friday, Nov. 29 – the day referred to by retailers as “Black Friday” – all the way through Christmas.
As the chart above indicates, the biggest reason people made calls for service was to report a suspicious person or situation, followed by disturbances/disputes; Juvenile complaints followed, then Domestic Violence reports, and other categories as indicated. The statistics are drawn from calls where a report was actually taken by a deputy.
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 Jerry Larpenter is a native of Bayou Cane in Terrebonne Parish, and joined the Sheriff’s Office as a patrol deputy, after serving four years as a military police officer and in a Special Forces unit with the U.S. Air Force. He went on to become a detective and to head up the Sheriff’s Office Uniformed Division.

While in that post he was chosen to succeed the late Charlton Rozands as sheriff, and department’s patrol division, in 1987, and was subsequently elected on his own to retain it. Sheriff Larpenter remained in office until 2008, when he ran for a different parish post, and returned in 2012, remaining through the present. In 2018 Sheriff Larpenter announced that he would not be seeking another term.

Among his accomplishments have been playing a key role in development of the parish jail in Ashland, an inmate work program that has provided benefits to the school district, parish government and various non-profits, construction of new quarters for the department’s narcotics division as well as its motor pool, and construction of a new rifle range and regional police training academy.




As Chief Deputy, Col. Daigre is the second-highest ranking official in the Sheriff's Office, a position he has earned while rising through the ranks for 23 years, joining after serving in the U.S. Army. His last position before appointment as Chief Deputy was commander of the TPSO Narcotics Division.

Col. Daigre began his law enforcement career -- as many deputies do -- working at the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex, the joined the patrol division. For two decades Col. Daigre served on the Sheriff's SWAT Team, has been a member of the department's Honor Guard, and handled motorcycle patrol and traffic duties. Primarily, however, his experience has been as a detective. He also completed two separate schools involving Active Shooter training.

Major Wolfe began his career with TPSO in 1987 as a road patrol deputy, after two years studying Criminal Justice at Nicholls State University.
Within three years he was promoted to detective, and while fulfilling that role became a member of the TPSO SWAT Team. In 2002 Maj. Wolfe became Assistant Chief of Detectives, a position he held until 2008. That was the year he was appointed commander of uniformed division at the rank of Major. 
In 2012 Maj. Wolfe left uniform command and returned to the Detective Division, as Chief of Detectives, a position he continues to hold.