Two graduate from academy
Venita “Neicy” Doucet, left photo, and Kimberly Jack, right photo, both completed a seven-week course at the LETA 25th Basic Correctional Academy at the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Center. They began the class August 11, and graduated Monday, September 29. Doucet, who has worked for the Ville Platte Police Department for five years, is the chief’s secretary. She was president of her class and received the Best Notebook Award. She became certified in OC aerosol projector, tazer X26 and CPR and first aid. She is post-certified with a firearm and is now a basic correctional peace officer. The daughter of Willie Mae Lewis of Port Arthur, Texas, she is married to Lee Doucet, the mother of four and grandmother of three. She thanks Mayor Bill Jeanmard and Chief Lartigue for the opportunity to further her career. Jack, the daughter of Reverend and Mrs. Freddie Jack, is the mother of two, Keilan and Mailan. A 1999 graduate of Ville Platte High School, she began working for the department in April of 2006 through the JTPA program. Her duties included assisting the chief’s secretary, Doucet. When the program ended in March of 2007, she began working as a part-time dispatcher and jailer. In May of 2007, she became a full-time civil service employee and was named the warden of the department’s jail in September of that year. While attending the course, she became certified in the use of chemical agent OC and tazer weapon and in first aid and CPR. She also is post certified with a firearm. Jack thanks her family for taking care of her children during the seven weeks of the academy, because she said she couldn’t have done it without their assistance. She also thanks Chief Lartigue for giving her the opportunity to attend the academy.