The following answers were provided by Randy Smith (Incumbent) running for Sheriff in St. Tammany Parish:
I have 33 years of law enforcement experience.
One of main challenges facing St. Tammany Parish is mental health issues. I created a Crisis Intervention Team (C.I.T.), which provides assistance to those suffering with mental health needs. This allows them to obtain much needed help and avoid arrest. All Deputies are now trained in Mental Health First Aid.
This agency follows all U.S. Department of Justice guidelines and the laws of the Constitution. All of our Deputies are trained on our policy and procedures, including Use of Force, Search and Seizure, Civil Rights and Cultural Diversity.
Every inmate is now screened within three hours of arrest at the St. Tammany Parish jail. They are screened for medical as well as mental health history. We have trained medical staff and a psychiatrist onsite at the jail.
…..Inmates are provided the information and allowed to vote by mail
We recently signed a 2.9 million dollar contract with the Louisiana Department of Corrections to provide re-entry programs to non-violent offenders, for the next three years. They have the ability to be trained to go back into society and hopefully not re-offend. This program is working and is reducing inmate population. Community trust and community outreach is very important for any agency to be successful.