CPSO swears in 17 new deputies

The youngest deputy is 18-years-old.
Published: Oct. 26, 2022 at 2:48 PM CDT
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CADDO PARISH, La. (KSLA) - Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator swore in 17 new deputies Wednesday, Oct. 26.

The ceremony was held in the CPSO Media Room in Government Plaza.

The youngest new deputy is 18-years-old.

Those sworn in include:

  • Jasmine Anderson
  • Alexis Anthony
  • Kolin Baylor
  • Richie Bell
  • Ashley Clay
  • Emmitira Davis
  • Brandon Fountain
  • James Gelston
  • Andrew Hamil
  • William Henderson
  • Shonderricka Jackson
  • Tchkaila Johnson
  • Sheila Powell
  • Roderick Silas
  • Curmincia Stumon
  • Lauren Torres
  • Jalisa Young

The sheriff’s office says they’ve struggled to find new recruits just like other employers across the country.

“We have been proactive in our recruitment efforts and very happy to have this new group,” Prator said. “However, we’re still 35 deputies short.I encourage anyone who has integrity and a heart of service to apply to what I believe to be the best law enforcement agency there is.”

Today, the youngest recruit was 18-year-old Andrew Hamil.

“My uncle works here and I graduated high school and he said, ‘If you are confused about what to do, then you should go apply at the sheriff’s office.’ He said, ‘You should try it, you would be surprised.’”

Prator said this could be part of the solution to overcrowding at the Caddo Correctional Center.

“Hopefully if we can those numbers down and get them processed through court and start decreasing our numbers of inmates being held there hopefully that’s going to help with our retention of deputies.”

If you’re interested in applying, click here.

Applicants must:

  • Be 18 or older.
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Possess a high school diploma, a General Educational Development (GED) equivalent or have a college degree from an accredited educational institution approved by the U.S. Education Department
  • Be willing to work various shifts

Applicants must be able to complete:

  • a reading comprehension test
  • a Physical fitness test the minimal on Cooper’s PT Standard (see chart below) of: Pass a basic Physical Fitness test to be hired in Corrrections Academy Cadet 5% to qualify for entry into the POST academy
  • Interview
  • a pre-polygraph exam
  • an extensive background investigation
  • a post-polygraph exam
  • a psychological exam
  • a medical exam and drug screening

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