Todd Ortis seeking Pine Prairie’s police chief seat
Todd Ortis will be a candidate for the chief of police in Pine Prairie this fall. His announcement follows:
“My candidacy for chief of police of the Village of Pine Prairie offers a challenge for its voters to take Pine Prairie and its police department in a new direction. As your next police chief, I pledge to provide Pine Prairie with a police department fully trained in all aspects of law enforcement, with an increased police presence throughout all the neighborhoods of Pine Prairie, making it a better and safer place to live for our citizens.
“With these words, I, Todd Ortis, announce my candidacy for chief of police for the Village of Pine Prairie. I am 45 years old and a resident of Pine Prairie and I am married to the former Monica Sue Dupre, daughter of Verbis and Mae Dupre, also of Pine Prairie.
“I am currently serving as chief detective for the Mamou Police Department having started my law enforcement career in 1984.
“During my extensive law enforcement career, I have dedicated myself in the war against drugs by jailing the drug dealers and taking illegal narcotics off our streets. As an undercover narcotics agent and drug task force commander, I have seen first hand the dangers and pitfalls of illegal drug activity having worked with other law enforcement agencies throughout south Louisiana. I am responsible for taking hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of illegal drugs off our streets, having been involved with the prosecution of hundreds of drug dealers, on the local, state and federal levels. I have truly made a difference and truthfully feel that ‘crime should not pay.’
“In addition to narcotics training, I have been trained in homicide investigations, as well as crimes against persons and property.
“Having been a public servant and a dedicated law enforcement officer for half of my life, I have come to know the needs of our community and am more than capable of dealing with the crimes that plague Pine Prairie in a firm, fair and compassionate manner.
“I pledge to be involved in the community and to make sure there is a police presence at all public functions, providing safety and protection for the citizens of Pine Prairie. My open door policy will make myself and my officers available to all the people of Pine Prairie 24 hours-a-day. By increasing neighborhood patrols, seeking input from the community and working with our youth, I will be able to provide a more informed police department and therefore provide better police protection throughout Pine Prairie.
“Our children, families and friends who have been exposed to drug abuse and addiction need to be treated and rehabilitated as to enable them to resume a normal quality of life, and again be productive citizens within our community, while aggressively targeting those who choose to poison and contaminate our village with illegal narcotics and illegal sales of prescription drugs. Narcotic dealers will be removed from our community and a clear message will be sent to those that we will not tolerate these activities and if you ‘plan on dealing drugs, plan on doing time.’
“I will enforce the laws of this state and village ordinances in an even-handed, respectful and consistent manner to all.
“Please give me an opportunity to be the next police chief for Pine Prairie and allow me to serve and give back to the community a police department that you, the hardworking citizens of Pine Prairie, can be proud of.
“Pine Prairie is a great place to live; it is much more than a narrow strip of land along Highway 13. Pine Prairie is a community of families, businesses, churches, civic organizations, schools and neighborhoods that need and deserve better police protection. In the coming months, I will be asking for your support and your vote. Please consider my platform, my experience and give me a chance to serve the people of Pine Prairie. Thank you and God bless,” he said.