NEWELL D. NORMAND
JEFFERSON PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE
Sheriff Normand has been with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office (JPSO) for 36 years. He was first elected Sheriff of Jefferson Parish in November of 2007 (with 91% of the vote) and most recently, November 2015 (with 88% of the vote). Prior to being elected Sheriff, Newell served in various positions at JPSO, such as Chief Criminal Deputy, Comptroller, In-house Legal Counsel, Administrative Assistant to the Sheriff, and as an Administrative Liaison to the Louisiana Sheriff's Association. Prior to joining JPSO in 1980, he started his law enforcement career with the Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff?s Office serving high risk warrants and court capias.
Born in Los Angeles, California, Newell moved to the New Orleans area in 1960. His formative years were spent at Jesuit High School in New Orleans where the values of education, integrity, and leadership were instilled in him. This eventually led him to receiving a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of New Orleans and a Juris Doctorate degree from Tulane University. Newell is also a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy and FBI National Executive Institute.
His professional accomplishments include working with the Major County Sheriffs? Association, National Sheriffs' Association, High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Board of Directors, Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement, the Jefferson Chamber, Louisiana State Bar Association, Louisiana Sheriffs' Association, Government Finance Officers Association and others.
He continues to give back to his community by serving on the boards of numerous organizations such as East Jefferson General Hospital Board of Directors and the Fore!Kids Foundation. Newell is married to the former Shawn M. Bridgewater and has two children, John Taylor and Sarah Elizabeth.
Some of Sheriff Normand's notable awards are as follows:
- University of New Orleans, Homer L. Hitt Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, 2014
- Family Services of Greater New Orleans, Ten Outstanding Persons (for work with Young Marines and Band of Excellence programs), 2014
- International Academy of Public Safety, Moral Compass Leadership Award, 2014
- International Crisis Intervention Team, CIT Sheriff of the Year, 2013
- Crimestoppers Distinguished Service in Criminal Justice Award, 2012
- The Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science, Distinguished Leadership in Law Enforcement Award, 2011
- Federal Bureau of Investigation?s Policeman of the Year Recipient, 2010
JEFFERSON PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE
ORGANIZATIONAL AND COMMUNITY OVERVIEW
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office (JPSO) was established in 1825. The position is currently authorized under Article V, Section 27 of the Louisiana Constitution of 1974. The duties of the office include acting as the primary law enforcement official in the Parish, serving as the administrator of the Parish correctional facility, serving the Parish courts by issuing subpoenas and providing bailiffs, and serving as the ex-officio tax collector of the Parish. In addition, the Sheriff has taken on the responsibility of administering the local 911 Communications District.
To provide these services, JPSO is broken down into 13 bureaus, including Executive, Civil & Support, Finance, Revenue & Taxation, Fleet Management, Patrol, Special Operations, Internal Affairs, Technical Services, Criminal Investigations, Special Investigations, Narcotics and Corrections. Current staffing includes 1,460 sworn officers and approximately 125 reserve officers. The 2017 General Fund budget is $128.6 million. Collections in the Revenue & Taxation Bureau topped $862 million for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016.
Jefferson Parish (the "Parish") lies just to the west of the City of New Orleans and has a population of 436,000, including both incorporated and unincorporated areas. The Parish encompasses a total of 631 square miles and stretches all the way from Lake Ponchartrain to the north down to the Gulf of Mexico in the south. Despite starting out as the "bedroom community" to the City of New Orleans, the Parish has now grown to be the second largest Parish in the State of Louisiana and is home to a wide variety of commercial, retail and industrial businesses.
With a population of this size, crime in inevitable; however, the crime rate is now at the lowest level since 1974. In 2016, JPSO received 301,440 calls for service but still maintained a response rate of 5.34 minutes on emergency calls. For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016, Part I crimes totaled 13,167, which is one of the lowest totals in years.
Since its inception, there have been 31 sheriffs elected to this prestigious position to serve the citizens of Jefferson Parish. These individuals have seen enormous changes in their duties throughout the years. The size and makeup of their offices, the expansive growth of the Parish and the number and types of crimes they faced each day. Through it all, these Sheriffs have helped JPSO emerge as one of the premiere law enforcement agencies in the State of Louisiana.
SHERIFF NORMAND'S APPROACH TO LAW ENFORCEMENT
In understanding Sheriff Normand's core belief in the application of effective law enforcement, one would only need to review JPSO mission statement he authored; "To this end, everyone at JPSO must be committed to the values of Professionalism, Intellect and Integrity with an understanding that the application and management of our resources, including the professional development of all employees, is a shared priority. Together with our community and professional partners, we will augment resources, improving the quality of life and promoting the best parish to live, work and raise a family." This core belief is the driving force of all problem-solving activity engaged by members within the organization.
Another core belief is that "information is power" and that policing could be made more efficient and effective if information is gathered, analyzed and shared. This multi-faceted approach of embracing intelligence-led policing, technological development, laboratory services and forensic applications, leadership and education, and community service has provided our officers with a better opportunity to solving crime.
In order to adopt the "intellectual law enforcement model", JPSO needed to become a "horizontal organization", i.e. removing all silos and concentrating on information sharing within the organization on all levels. With this approach, Sheriff Normand garnered the collective knowledge of its members and challenged them to develop programs and strategies to reduce crime and improve the quality of life. Once the internal barriers were removed, Sheriff Normand began to focus on a more effective manner to share information within JPSO and also to surrounding law enforcement agencies. His vision was to form an electronic data repository to store and correlate the electronic data captured each day by participating agencies.
In leading the initiative, JPSO met with software vendors from around the country. After identifying the vendor, Sheriff Normand agreed to not only purchase the software for the regional agencies but also host the data warehouse used to store each agency's electronic data. This data warehouse organizes vast quantities of seemingly unrelated data and then provides search parameters for an endless array of possibilities. The product has proven its ability to quickly identify investigative leads helping solve crime faster. Additionally, the software provides real time situational awareness as uniform officers are dispatched to a call for service.
Once the system was functioning, JPSO began to connect with law enforcement agencies in other states, including the FBI N-Dex system, in order to be more comprehensive in the investigative process. JPSO continues to engage other agencies to join this endeavor.
Besides the ability to query data, the product has alert capabilities to monitor people, places, vehicles, telephone numbers and more. Once a person of interest is developed, the subject's information is entered into the system. If engaged by any participating agency, the investigator is notified by email of the engagement. This alert system also monitors calls for service at alcohol beverage outlets and HUD properties. This information allows JPSO's respective investigators the opportunity to immediately identify possible problem areas.
At the onset of electronic data collection, Sheriff Normand created the Criminal Intelligence Center (CIC) as the repository for the data and to expand on his belief that information sharing is the lynchpin to reducing crime. JPSO renovated an existing building and provided the needed infrastructure to enable success. This endeavor resulted in co-locating 49 officers from 23 law enforcement agencies (local, state, federal, probation and parole) with one goal: to communicate and share information daily regarding crimes and crime trends. Although representatives from each agency are assigned to the CIC, all law enforcement officers within the participating agencies are encouraged to contact any member of the CIC for assistance.
Equipment was installed and an environment was established to collect, correlate, analyze and disseminate actionable criminal intelligence in a timely manner. The CIC currently uses 13 different software applications to search for information on subjects of investigations. Some of these applications include social media software. The CIC began to identify potential violent offenders in order to enhance and/or initiate criminal investigations, in an effort to reduce violent crime and drug trafficking and improve the quality of life in this region.
CIC members began to identify gang members in the area and routinely meet with members of the Specialized Investigation Bureau to discuss investigations. More than 300 gang members were identified and after a year of working with these proactive investigative units within the Specialized Investigations Bureau, 150 were arrested. In addition, a CIC member is assigned to coordinate firearms ballistic information with ATF and disseminate the results to the Homicide Division and Shoot Team investigators.
In researching crime, CIC members noticed the impact organized theft by shoplifting in the Metropolitan area was having on area merchants. Soon members began to identify organized groups and the need to expand the sharing of information with the retail outlets. The CIC formed the "Law Enforcement and Retailers Network". The CIC began monthly meetings with representatives from area businesses for the purpose of establishing relationships with and sharing of information. We are now joined by two hundred area loss prevention officers, including Assistant District attorneys and investigators.
Although the meetings are held quarterly to discuss issues, as a shoplifter is arrested or as an investigation is initiated, the CIC emails all participants relative information regarding the activity to include surveillance videos from the victimized business of the suspect(s). Loss Prevention officers study the distributed photographs and now have adopted a proactive approach in combating this organized theft problem. This dialog has improved the sharing of information between businesses. In 2015 the estimated loss reported to JPSO from these thefts exceeded $500,000.00. However privately, the business organizations estimate their losses in the millions as they assemble inventory audits at the end of each year. A coordinated effort to interview arrested subjects began to identify outlets that are purchasing the stolen merchandise. Undercover operations led to arrest and convictions. Over the last three years, we have recorded 10,547 thefts and 9,079 shoplifting incidents. Arrests have been made in 16% of the thefts and over 62% of the shoplifting incidents while many cases continue to be investigated. This coordinated collaboration has resulted in a 20% reduction of thefts.
As the success of the Merchant's Association continued, the CIC began to contact jewelers in the Metropolitan area which led to the formation of the Jewelers Association. Again, the CIC shares information with those members to include reports received by the CIC from around the country of organized frauds or robberies perpetrated in the jewelry industry.
Efforts to address the problem of human trafficking in the Greater New Orleans region have been active since 2009 through the collaborative work of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, U.S. Attorney's Office, Jefferson Parish District Attorney's Office, FBI, HSI, and multiple local law enforcement agencies. These collaborative efforts were noticed by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). In 2015 JPSO and Covenant House of New Orleans were awarded the Enhanced Collaborative Model to Combat Human Trafficking Grant of more than a million dollars. This grant continues the collaboration to fight this crime with our federal and local agencies which is now formally known as the Greater New Orleans Human Trafficking Task Force (GNOHTTF). The GNOHTTF has been proactive in rescuing victims of human trafficking and prosecuting those traffickers. This collaborative effort was recently recognized in the prosecution of one those traffickers which resulted in a guilty verdict and the sentencing of the trafficker to two life terms plus seventy years.
The Personal Violence Unit assigned an investigator to the FBI Violent Crimes against Children Task Force to further expand our capabilities in fighting Human Trafficking. Furthermore, a detective is assigned to the Joint Child Abduction Rapid Deployment (JCARD) Team which is an FBI initiative in investigating child abduction in Louisiana.
The Code 6 Program was designed to identify and target career criminals, particularly violent offenders, for enhanced "vertical" prosecution. Once identified as a possible career criminal, the offender's case is managed by a special prosecutor from screening to trial. The primary goal of Code 6 is to aggressively pursue convictions of recidivist violators who repeatedly victimize the community in an effort to remove these predatory offenders from society.
The second function of Code 6 is to manage the population of the Correctional Center. This process is accomplished by a system of reviewing a "risk score". Using a work sheet, the offender is rated with a score that judges his risk for re-offending if released or the risk of further violent behavior. This score accounts for the immediate active charge, past criminal arrests and convictions, age of the offender, and work status. When faced with the need to release prisoners due to overcrowded conditions, Code 6 staff uses these risk scores to prevent the release of the most serious offenders.
In an effort to develop criminal intelligence, Sheriff Normand authorized the assignment of three members of the Specialized Investigation Bureau to the Correctional Center. The investigators interview arrestees in an effort to develop sources and establish a potential nexus between cases allowing for more crimes to be solved.
In order to maintain and encourage proactive policing, JPSO's Reserve Division employs more than 100 officers. These officers are assigned to the most violent neighborhoods during the peak hours of the day as reflected by crime statistics and are encouraged to engage suspicious activity instead of not only responding to calls for service. This additional enforcement provides immediate results as violent crimes in these areas are noticeably reduced.
In response to an increased need to understand and respond to individuals with mental illness the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office established the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT). The team developed a deep understanding of mental illness and provides safety and compassion to the situations that had previously been handled through traditional police techniques. The Sheriff's Office has four (4) deputies assigned to the Crisis Intervention Team who have extensive training in method of communicating with the mentally ill. As of December 2016, 385 deputies have attended the basic 40 hour CIT training program. Our goal is to have all 1000 Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office deputies complete this program.
In 2013, Sheriff Normand received the International Crisis Intervention Team, "CIT International Sheriff of the Year" award for his recognition of the inherent value of open and clear communication between law enforcement community, caretakers, service providers, consumers and advocates. Through his support, the Jefferson Parish Behavioral Health Task Force has grown and the Crisis Intervention Team is supported by this coalition.
Additionally, in 2016, Detective Keith Reaves received the "Officer of the Year" award from Crisis Intervention Team International. Sheriff Normand continues to spearhead the Crisis Intervention Team program with continued evaluation, research and innovative ideas to add to the in-service training program. He also reminds the local mental health community that law enforcement clearly understands the importance of the crisis intervention mission.
The JPSO Automatic License Plate Reader (ALPR) program is one of the most robust systems in the country. Approximately seven (7) years ago, Sheriff Normand secured funding for the purchase of 30 ALPR stationary cameras and 11 systems to be installed on marked patrol units. After reviewing crime information, these cameras were placed in the most violent neighborhoods in the Parish. Although the primary function was to identify stolen vehicles, an equally important consideration was to identify vehicles used in the perpetration of violent crimes. Recognizing the success of the initial ALPR deployment, each year JPSO searches for funding opportunities to expand the deployment.
Today we have 133 stationary cameras deployed throughout the parish and recently received funding to purchase an additional 12 cameras. As envisioned from the onset, the information received from this system has been invaluable in not only the apprehension of stolen vehicles but in the solving of other crimes. Again realizing the importance of sharing information, our system is connected to thirteen law enforcement agencies in the area. Moreover, JPSO has made the information available to federal, state and local agencies in our area.
Although the technology has been invaluable, the Property Division felt a need to expand the analytical capabilities of the data. Therefore we hired a software company to develop "rule-based alerts" for the ALPR data. Although the ALPR data contains photographs of the vehicle captured, it was a tireless process of reviewing thousands of vehicles from a multitude of cameras. Investigators secured the Louisiana motor vehicle records and working with the vendor developed a query system for this problem. The query is based on the year, make, model, type and color of the vehicle. Once entered, the query is searched against the motor vehicle data to acquire license plate data of all such vehicles and then against the ALPR data for those license plates in a specific date/time range and geographical area.
Seeing the need for other rule-based alerts to include JPSO crime data, the Property Division developed additional alerts:
- ALPR to crime - this alert can be used in serial crimes to determine if a single vehicle was in the area at the time of the commission of more than one crime.
- Felony arrest to pawn - used to determine if a convicted felon pawns a weapon
- Shoplifter to pawn - anyone with a previous shoplifting arrest who pawns an item
- Burglary arrest to pawn - anyone with a previous burglary arrest who pawns an item
- Burglary to pawn/make and model - property with a make and model listed in a departmental report compared to item pawned
- Burglary to pawn/serial number - property with a serial number listed in a departmental report compared to same serial number of item pawned
- Frequent pawner - multiple pawn history in a one month time period
Additionally the Property Division has been mapping citizen owned crime camera locations. This mapping allows investigators and responding deputies a quick reference guide for surveillance footage in the immediate area of an incident. With the success of this endeavor, Sheriff Normand with the cooperation of Parish Council members created a program to expand the civic associations' ability to utilize neighborhood crime cameras. Partially funded by the Council and installed by JPSO, access to this video feed aids in criminal investigations.
Sheriff Normand believes that science and technology can be utilized as a force multiplier across the Sheriff's Office. As noted in the other sections of this document, JPSO does not implement technology for the sake of implementing technology. The goal is to use technology to become more efficient and effective.
In addition to sharing information internally, Sheriff Normand has been adamant about providing transparency to the public. In 2015, the JPSO website was overhauled to allow better access via mobile phones. A mobile application was also added. JPSO also entered the world of social media with the establishment of an official Face Book page. All of these are used to provide vital and current information to the citizens of the Parish.
Laboratory Services and Forensic Applications
The importance of science and technology is demonstrated in the investment the Sheriff has made in building a 45,000 square foot state-of the-art laboratory facility, housing the Crime Laboratory, DNA Laboratory, Photo Laboratory, and Crime Scene Division. He has also created a separate laboratory space for the Digital Forensic Unit, which utilizes the most advanced analytical equipment available. This unit leads the region in the number of devices analyzed and in its ability to work with investigators, applying the data recovered to ongoing investigations.
In addition to building state-of the-art facilities with up-to-date equipment and technology, JPSO applies an innovative approach to forensic case management. In an effort to streamline casework, reduce backlogs, and provide analytical results throughout an investigation, Sheriff Normand has adopted a crime scene to courtroom approach. This approach proactively utilizes members of the crime laboratory on crime scenes to analyze evidence and deliver critical findings, often before the crime scene tape comes down.
One example of this streamlined approach can be found in the Firearm Section. Firearm examiners participate in the processing of violent crime scenes, not only to conduct reconstructions, but to collect evidence directly from the crime scene technicians. This allows the examiners to conduct examinations and enter evidence into the NIBIN database within hours of a crime. Latent print examiners, DNA analysts, and members of the Digital Forensics Unit are also on call to respond to crime scenes or process evidence that is collected immediately from the scene. These efforts provide investigators with real-time information they can utilize as they interview suspects, canvas neighborhoods, and seek the identity of unknown perpetrators. Sheriff Normand understands that involving laboratory analysts at the outset, not only provides valuable investigative leads, but also limits the number of unnecessary submissions to the crime laboratory. Analysts work directly with crime scene technicians to choose the most probative samples, which increases results and reduces inefficiency.
Utilizing Sheriff Normand's "intellectual law enforcement model", Laboratory Services Division supervisors have developed innovative approaches to develop workflow management programs to reduce or eliminate backlogs in all sections. The Firearm Section conducts real-time analysis on all cases, maintaining virtually no backlog. Working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the NIBIN workflow model of JPSO has now been mirrored nationally and is presented within ATF training programs. The Latent Print Section carries virtually no backlog for violent offenses or serial property crimes and works with the detectives to prioritize property crime cases, to ensure the most probative samples are processed first. The Drug Chemistry Section's workflow model allows the section to analyze evidence upon request from either the detective bureau or district attorney's office, allowing them to process the evidence for adjudication and not waste resources on working cases with no potential prosecution. The same holds true with the DNA Laboratory, who has utilized innovative models to eliminate the sexual assault kit backlog within the section. All of this is accomplished while maintaining international accreditation through ISO 17025 in the Crime Laboratory and DNA Laboratory.
Lastly, Sheriff Normand's understanding of the importance of education has permeated throughout the Laboratory Services Division, whose members instruct at the local, national, and international level. Most importantly, laboratory personnel hold training for members of the criminal justice system they serve, which increases the effective use of their services, reduces backlogs, and allows the laboratory to provide investigate leads that stand up to judicial scrutiny. All of these factors have led to a significant reduction of crime across Jefferson Parish that can be seen in earlier graphs.
Although Sheriff Normand supports the underpinnings of what it means for police agencies to "protect and serve", he will argue that protect and serve is much more than what is commonly practiced among law enforcement today. If a law enforcement agency is simply satisfied with protecting and serving and not concerned with the manner in which they accomplish this task, they are undoubtedly doing their citizens, community and nation a disservice. By just protecting and serving they are performing at an expected level of performance, or mediocre level of service at best. JPSO believes that all police agencies have the potential to achieve much more.
Law enforcement leaders and executives must be cognizant that it is not just "good" enough to provide modern technology, equipment and tactical training to those under their command. Although it is certainly a significant part of the equation, they must have the foresight to realize that in order to ensure the growth and development while simultaneously protecting the reputation of their agency these leaders must be willing to fully invest in the cognitive growth of the agencies human capital both deliberately and intentionally. After all, it will be their employees who will ultimately interact with the citizens of their communities and represent the agency.
In order to meet these daily challenges, enhance the cognitive level of deputies and officers, and reinforce his vision for JPSO of "Intellect, Professionalism, and Integrity"; Sheriff Normand, in partnership with Dr. Mitch Javidi of the International Academy of Public Safety (IAPS), envisioned and instituted JPSO's Center for Credible Leadership Development in 2011.
The Leadership Center was designed to present all JPSO employees, regardless of the rank, with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to provide, good, clean, aggressive, and deliberate law enforcement leadership with empathy and a high level of intellect. The concept is deeply rooted in the idea that comprehensive leadership coupled with ethics, character, and emotional intelligence training will result in a robust and well-rounded professional who understands that increased development of the intellect results in the ability to better communicate, assess problems and situations in order to form a rational decision versus one based solely on an undisciplined emotional reaction. In order to emphasize the importance of this training, participation in JPSO's Leadership Center is not optional. Sworn and civilian personnel must complete this training.
The Center is a robust online blended training program utilizing a fully sophisticated Knowledge Management Platform (KMP) that is systematically customized with real JPSO scenarios in the form of video, photographs, and other media to enhance both cognitive and behavioral outcomes. It is researched based and is built on the premise that leaders are developed and not born with an innate ability to lead well both intentionally and deliberately. Leadership skills are developed through self-awareness, education and experience. In order to give participants a sense of "looking in the mirror," as they start the Leadership Center, each participant must initially complete three separate tools assessing their Personal Style, the Organization Citizenship Behaviors, and Leadership Behaviors.
This multi-layered Center is comprised of six fully programmatic and integrated developmental phases (Phase I: Foundations and Principles; Phase II: Theories and Practices; Phase III: Application and Advancement; Phase IV: Competency and Mastery; Phase V: Mentoring and Transition; and Phase VI: Field Command and Sound Doctrine), each one designed to incrementally raise the employees' level of development of leadership intellect and practical application as they are completed. This 240+ hours of leadership, development and training is a perfect complement to nationally recognized Law Enforcement Executive Leadership Programs such as the FBI National Academy, FBI LEEDA, West Point, IACP's LPO, Southern Police Institute Leadership, and the Northwestern leadership program.
Over 150 agencies nationwide (local and state) including the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) and the National Tactical Officers' Association (NTOA) have adopted the program. To date, over 1,000 JPSO participants have successfully completed Phase I of the program including command staff, patrol personnel, investigative personnel and correctional staff. Sheriff Normand has already noted positive changes within the organization as a result of the program. JPSO's Leadership Center has set the foundation for continued leadership growth, succession planning, and community involvement. Sheriff Normand and JPSO have effectively addressed that dreaded enemy of law enforcement, commonly referred to as complacency.
All members receive 20 hours of training throughout the year. In addition, Sheriff Normand has been able to collaborate with local universities who provide our officers with an undergraduate discount of 50%. Furthermore our agency provides 25% of the remaining tuition cost. This funding is generated from the Drug Enforcement account.
Sheriff Normand also co-authored "Moral Compass for Law Enforcement Professionals", which dives into the concepts of what separates good leaders from great ones. It addresses the key principles of great leadership: encouraging role modeling and self-reflection.
After an absence of thirty plus years, Sheriff Normand instituted a promotional testing procedure. This testing policy is used to promote to the rank of sergeant and lieutenant. Additionally, the testing program is used for an individual officer to advance to the Criminal Investigations Bureau. This process allows each individual officer to choose his/her career path within the organization. The Evaluation Process is comprised of five (5) components: multiple choice test, performance based assessment, past performance review, seniority and education.
Community Service Programs
One of the most important views held by Sheriff Normand is that JPSO cannot fight crime on its own. Obtaining the trust and involvement of the community is imperative. At JPSO, there are several community-outreach programs all with the goal of building trust in the community. In addition to the typical activities of the Community Relations Division, Sheriff Normand supports youth initiatives and has developed a strong relationship with the religious leaders across the Parish.
The JPSO's Young Marines Program is one of the oldest youth initiative programs implemented by JPSO. The program is part of a national organization that "strengthens the lives of America's youth by teaching the importance of self-confidence, academic achievement, honoring our veterans, good citizenship, community service, and living a healthy, drug-free lifestyle... The program focuses on character building and leadership and promotes a lifestyle that is conducive to being productive members of society".
JPSO's Young Marines Unit has 120 active young men and women, who serve the community and grow as leaders while doing so. As a unit, these dedicated youth completed over 4,000 volunteer hours in community service this past year. Not only did several Young Marines attend the National Leadership School, but Sheriff Normand maintained a certified Young Marine leadership school director on staff, allowing the Sheriff's Office to host local leadership training. JPSO Young Marines Unit has an 85% retention rate, which demonstrates the commitment made to this program. This Unit was chosen as its "Division Unit of the Year" and is currently competing for the honor of being the "National Young Marine Unit of the Year"
Sheriff Normand has also established the Band of Excellence (BOE) Program to provide the youth of Jefferson Parish the opportunity to participate in a structured musical program of the highest quality. The BOE program provides music education in history, instrumental instruction and ensemble performance.
Recognizing the importance that music and the arts play in the development of a child, this program is designed to reach children who are interested in music but may not be able to participate in their school program due to financial limitations, disciplinary issues or inadequate grade point averages. The BOE has a yearly enrollment of approximately seventy-five students. Thus far we have 116 graduates of which 90 have received college scholarships for music.
In addition to the youth initiatives, Sheriff Normand has developed two programs that allow the religious community to play an active role within the Sheriff's Office and help build relationships across the Parish.
The Law Enforcement Chaplains of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office began by offering prayer and counseling services to the inmates within the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center. Seeing the success of this program, Sheriff Normand expanded the role of the chaplains to taking part in an innovative "ride along" program with JPSO Patrol Division. The ride along program allows chaplains to build bonds with deputies, as they partner with them on patrol. It also allows chaplains to provide guidance and comfort to families at crime scenes. Today, the Chaplains Program has grown to more than 60 chaplains from a variety of faiths, and they provide an invaluable service to inmates, deputies, and families affected by crime across Jefferson Parish.
The Jefferson Parish Cops and Clergy Organization is a community lead justice movement designed to empower the African American Pastors to assist in providing needed services to their congregation. The project focuses on bridging denominational, racial and other divides in order to enhance community control of and responsibility for reducing crime and violence in their communities. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office provides funding for the following: After School Tutorial Programs, A Summer Camp Program, A Boy Scout Camp, An Easter Retreat, Annual Boys and Girls Summer Retreats, Distribution of Thanksgiving Baskets for the Needy, Prison Re-Entry "Immediate Work Initiative", and Family Unification Program (providing transportation to families to visit their loved ones confined in state correctional facilities). The ultimate goal is to provide assistance to those in need.
Sheriff Normand believes the interest of the organization outweighs the needs of the individual. The organization must come first and success for all will follow. Furthermore the success of the organization rest solely upon the shoulders of each employee. No one employee, division or program is more responsible for the success we enjoy with our community. It is the collective commitment and contributions of everyone. We gain strength from each other knowing that the lead investigator in any investigation is not alone. He has the collective knowledge and experience of all the members of the agency. It is a shared responsibility. Our success is measured by the quality of life enjoyed by our community.