Acadia Parish Sheriff Office’s Chief Deputy Keith Latiola honored

Elected president of Louisiana Chapter of National FBI Graduates
CROWLEY - When speaking with Chief Deputy Keith Latiola with the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office, one would be amazed that a man who has worked countless crimes (some of which are the most notorious in recent Acadia Parish history) could be so gracious and quick to smile. Perhaps it’s that aspect of his personality that helped him to get elected as the 2013 president of the Louisiana Chapter of National FBI Graduates, a position he has been serving since January of this year. And, of course, being a fine officer is one of the prerequisites as well. Latiola, who graduated from the FBI academy in 2003, seemed humbled by the honor when spoken to Tuesday. “It is a great honor,” he said. “This organization promotes executives in local law enforcement to get FBI training. It is also a very good way to establish contacts throughout the law enforcement community in the country.” According to some literature provided by Latiola, the group’s mission is to “support, promote and enhance the personal and professional development of law enforcement leaders by preparing them for complex, dynamic and contemporary challenges through innovative techniques, facilitating excellence in education and research and forging partnerships throughout the world.” In other words, Latiola went through the same FBI training as all graduates of the academy are required to complete in Quantico, Va. Included in this training was the running the gruelling, 6.1 mile “Yellow Brick Road,” which some may remember Jody Foster running in the movie The Silence of the Lambs. He has a yellow brick displayed on a shelf above his desk which commemorates that achievement. Though the run was optional, Latiola did it anyway. There was also plenty of classroom work he needed to complete on subjects such as behavioral science, understanding terrorist mindsets and forensic science. “There were a lot of courses and physical training that I had to complete. Do you know how long it had been since I had to turn in a paper?,” he laughed. “Through this training, it gives you the ability to call law enforcement officials from across the country, many of whom have become life-long friends, about any unique situations that may transpire in our parish that they may have already worked.” Latiola was nominated for the training by former Acadia Parish Sheriff Ken Goss. He pointed out that former Sheriff Goss, along with current Acadia Parish Sheriff Wayne Melancon, also have completed the training. Asked how often he uses the contacts he made through his experience as a graduate of the FBI academy, Latiola responded “every day.”

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