L.C. Deshotel announces re-election bid for police chief

L.C. Deshotel, police chief of Pine Prairie, is seeking re-election in this fall’s election. He is asking for support in his announcement, which follows:

“As your current chief of police, I would like to thank the citizens of Pine Prairie for your support over the past 17 years. Please continue to support me in the upcoming election on October 4, 2008.

“My years, serving as chief of police, have shown me experience is needed to successfully handle everyday issues. A police chief reaches out to help citizens in times of need and to guide them with all legally available resources. I am proud to say I have helped many of our people during my years as chief.

“I was appointed chief of police by the town officials of Pine Prairie in 1991. Prior to that, I served as city councilman and as a deputy with the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office. It takes more than a background in law enforcement to be a well-qualified candidate. Running for the position does not make someone capable of fulfilling the duties nor does it make them knowledgeable about what the position requires.

“When appointed in 1991, I worked alone, 24-hours-a-day and had minimal equipment and funding. In the past 17 years of my profession, I have made major improvements in our department. We now have more officers, police units, and updated equipment. My officers and I are trained and qualified for handling everyday issues in a professional manner. We also participate in yearly continuing education to further our training in different aspects of law enforcement. We have been trained and have experience with handling personal complaints, traffic violations, domestic violence and abuse, theft, illegal drug use and activity, vandalism of property and personal belongings and other crimes that have been committed in our village. We have also assisted parents with voicing the importance of obeying the law to their children and how to avoid any negative behaviors they may face.

“I will maintain our village in a manner in which all are treated fair, equal and with respect. I will provide 24-hour protection to keep our village safe and to protect the lives and property of our citizens with a professional and well-educated police department. I will fight against crimes of all types, protect all businesses and continue neighborhood patrols, and remain active in all school and community functions. I will uphold my duties as an officer as well as my administrative duties, and my officers and I will further our training yearly.

“Please remember to vote #83 so I can continue to make our village a safe and great place to live. Your support is greatly appreciated,” he said. He closed with “Sincerely, Chief L.C. Deshotel.”

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