The Slidell Police Department recently began their eighth Citizens Academy
with a briefing from me at Slidell City Court on the Court’s operations, jurisdiction and case trends. Afterwards, the class members toured the nearby Slidell Police Department with SPD Chief E. J. Howard, SPD Asst. Chief Kevin Swann and SPD Director of Training Sgt. Eddie Lamulle.
The Academy runs seven weeks and allows east St. Tammany residents to learn about the various departments of the police department as well as Slidell City Court.
As part of my briefing, I discussed the Court’s range of cases, from adult criminal to civil lawsuits to juvenile felonies. I also briefed the members of the academy on the Court’s operations and recent case trends, including rising level of violent juvenile cases.
Finally, I discussed the important service of Court Appointed Special Advocates to the Court in child abuse cases.
The SPD has an excellent record on investigations and high level of professionalism.
The remaining weekly meetings of the Citizens Academy will be conducted by members of the SPD from departments including Patrol, Narcotics, Criminal Investigation (CID), Crime Scene, Corrections and Training. In addition, Academy members will be given demonstrations by the SWAT and the K-9 units.
During the 2016 Slidell Police Citizens Academy’s first meeting, members were briefed by (from left), Slidell City Court Judge James “Jim” Lamz, Slidell Police Chief E.J. Howard and Slidell City Marshal Kevin Foltz.
Pictured below: Gathered on the steps of Slidell City Court, members of the 2016 Citizens Academy are joined by officials (left, bottom row) Slidell Police Department Director of Training Sgt. Eddie Lamulle and Slidell City Court Judge James “Jim” Lamz along with (fourth from right) Slidell Clerk of Court Sherry Philips, (third from right) SPD Asst. Chief Kevin Swann and (far right) Slidell City Marshal Kevin Foltz.