Louisiana Sheriff's Association Task Force to serve as needed
CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) - While the country mourns for the loss of its officers, departments are working harder to protect their officers and communities. Members of the North Louisiana Sheriff's Task Force remain on standby, ready to assist in security efforts in Baton Rouge at a moments notice.
"This is what they're sworn to do, this is what they're trained to do, this is what they feel like God has called them to do," explained North Louisiana Sheriff's Association Task Force Commander and Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator.
Sheriff Prator says each sheriff appoints the number of deputies that he thinks he can do without, that can be dispatched somewhere else. Depending on each department's size, that number could be anywhere from two to twenty deputies, and they're not selected at random.
"They're the cream of the crop. The ones that are the most experienced, have the most training, have the specialized schools and have all the equipment that they need so they can go at a moments notice," said Prator.
Many of the task force members from Caddo and Bossier Parishes are preparing for a second trip to Baton Rouge this month.
"They carry their authority statewide. If the task force is called into action, they're commissioned and can have complete law enforcement powers anywhere," explained Prator.
These select deputies also assist in situation that aren't as serious.
"When a community that's usually 55,000 all of a sudden expects 400,000 for two days, or a huge Mardi Gras parade it might be somewhere a task force occasionally might be used for that to supplement the current because there's not enough deputies in a particular parish," said Prator.
Their mission being to always serve and protect.
Sheriff Prator says the departments with task force units closest to Baton Rouge have already been called in. He expects a call to assist sometime within the next week.
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