Justices, constables attend annual training _lowres

Photo provided by James LeBlanc -- Jason Verdigets, Constable Danny Thibodeaux, District Judge Jessie LeBlanc, Justice of the Peace John Hebert, Constable Andrew 'Banana' LeBlanc, Constable James E. LeBlanc, Deputy Constable Joel Louque and Justice of the Peace Leroy Laiche.

Ascension Parish justices of the peace, constables and Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office personnel hosted an annual training course May 29 in Gonzales.

The event also was attended by justices of the peace and constables from Ascension, Assumption and St. James parishes.

Four years ago, the officials from the three parishes came together to form an organization to provide the education needed to assist the elected officials, Ascension Constable James E. LeBlanc said.

Every year, the justices of the peace and constables attend an annual training conference hosted by the Attorney General’s Office. LeBlanc said officials in the three River Parishes continue that training throughout the year by hosting local training seminars.

“This gives all our justices of the peace and constables a chance to attend four different training sessions in a one-year period,” LeBlanc said.

The recent training seminar was assisted by District Judge Jessie LeBlanc, Assistant District Attorney Jason Verdigets and several members of the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office. Also members of the Ascension Parish and St. James Parish Sheriff’s Office attended the seminar, he said.

Sheriff Jeff Wiley and members of his office provided the meal for the training session.