East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux graduated in July from the 37th session of the FBI’s National Executive Institute at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virgina, a week prior to his induction into the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame.

“Training is critical to our department in order to provide our services to the community every day,” Gautreaux said in a news release. “Training starts at the top, and it is imperative that I also keep up with new ideas and practices. NEI is an important element of that training and will pay dividends for our department.”

Owen Harris, the assistant director of the FBI’s training division, praised Gautreaux for his participation in the institute.

“Having Sheriff Gautreaux was an asset to the training,” Harris said. “Each student brought case examples and not only issues that each has faced but, more importantly, solutions to a variety of problems. The relationships born and developed in the NEI will last throughout the careers of each student. Teamwork is the only answer when combatting today’s crime and national security issues.”

The NEI is the FBI’s premier executive training initiative providing training for FBI executives and for the heads of the largest law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and overseas, a news release from the EBR Sheriff’s Office said. The NEI consists of two weeklong sessions every year. The training focuses on strategic leadership development and current affairs.

“I am humbled by the honor of being asked to attend this prestigious academy,” Gautreaux said. “I entered a career in law enforcement to serve the public, and I am blessed by the opportunity to do so. I am dedicated to making sure that my department stays up-to-date with the latest technology and law enforcement strategies.”

Gautreaux began his 38-year-law enforcement career working for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office in 1976. In 1980, he was elected Baker police chief, where he served for 27 years before resigning to run for sheriff.

Gautreaux was elected sheriff in 2007.

In 2012, Gautreaux was elected as sergeant-at-arms and secretary treasurer for the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association. In March, he was unanimously elected chairman of the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement, and in July, he was inducted in the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame.

Gautreaux is married to Suzi Eckert Gautreaux. They have four children and 10 grandchildren.