Two reserve officers honored by Sheriff

Everyone likes to volunteer, but how many volunteer their time for 700-plus hours in a year.

Two men from Vermilion Parish have combined to give more than 1,500 volunteer hours to the Vermilion Parish Sheriff Department.

The two men are part of the Vermilion Parish Sheriff Reserve Command Unit. They were awarded a plaque Wednesday by Sheriff Mike Couvillon for having the most hours served on the reserve unit.

Roicey Trahan served 832 hours, while Robert Hebert had 731 hours. The next closest time was just over 200 hours.

Most of their volunteer hours were due to Level One training. The two underwent 450 hours to become a certified police officer this past year.

They can now arrest people, and they both carry a gun and a Taser. When needed, they ride beside the full-time deputies.

The only difference between Trahan and Hebert and a full-time deputy is the two do it for free.

Trahan and Hebert have been members of the volunteer force since 2006.

Reserve Commander Kevin Hargrave said the reserve is always looking for a few good men and women to make up the reserve. Today the volunteer force is at a 25-year low with only 10 officers. In the 1980s, as many as 30 were in the reserve.

If anyone is interested in joining, they can call the Sheriff’s Department at 898-4409.

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