Walker Police Chief Hunter Grimes was named president of the Louisiana Association of Chiefs of Police on July 28, on the final day of the 2011 organization’s annual meeting in Baton Rouge.

Grimes was elected Walker chief of police and assumed office Jan. 1, 2005. After being re-elected in 2008, Grimes successfully completed the FBI training academy in Quantico, Va.

Under Grimes’ leadership, the Walker Police Department has doubled in size.

Grimes reorganized the Walker Police Department, creating a motor division, a criminal patrol division, a detective division and a narcotics division. Grimes also implemented the Walker Community Advisory Network and Emergency Alert System, a free social media service provided via text messaging, Twitter and Facebook.

District designation

Denham Springs has received a Cultural District designation from the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.

The designation allows businesses within the cultural district, an expansion of the main street district, to sell original works of art tax-exempt, city official said.

A training session will be at 9 a.m. Monday at Old City Hall.

Hunter safety

The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office is offering hunter’s safety courses at the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Center and Firing Range, 29225 Woodside Drive, just outside Walker.

Act 149 of the 1984 Louisiana Legislature requires mandatory education for anyone born on or after Sept. 1, 1969. All young hunters must successfully complete the course before they can purchase a hunting license. Each course is open to anyone 10 or older.

Classes are limited to 30 participants, who must register to attend. Classes are free, but enrollees must bring their own writing paper or pad, along with a pen or pencil.

Interested parties can choose between the following course dates:

• Course 3: Thursday through Saturday.

• Course 4: Sept. 1-3.

The first two days of classes in each of the courses begin at 6 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. The written and shooting tests will be given on the last day of each course at a time to be announced by the course instructor.

To register for a course, contact Deputy Erica Ard at (225) 686-2241 or 1 (800) 443-7681, extension 324, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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