Running for office: Ponchatoula Chief of Police _lowres

Bry Layrisson

Ponchatoula Chief of Police Bry Layrisson is seeking re-election.

In a news release, Layrisson, 37, a Republican, outlined his Five Star Plan of Action to improve community safety, which includes plans to:

Fight drug dealers with full-time narcotics division and anti-drug education

Protect citizens from violent criminals and sexual predators

Protect elderly from consumer fraud and neglect

Improve computer technology and law enforcement training

Improve public safety by increasing patrols and strictly enforcing traffic laws.

“As your chief of police, it’s my job to protect our community and keep you safe,” Layrisson said. “I’m extremely proud of the results our department has achieved under my leadership. We have fought drug dealers with Ponchatoula’s first full-time narcotics division, protected children with PPD’s first juvenile and school resource officers, and improved public safety by putting more officers and better equipment on the street.”

In addition to creating the narcotics, juvenile and school resource programs, Layrisson said he obtained several grants to detain drunk drivers, improve police technology and hire additional patrol officers.

Layrisson said he began his full-time law enforcement career in 1997 as a patrol officer with the Ponchatoula Police Department. He worked as a drug prevention officer and canine narcotics investigator with the Tangipahoa Parish School System.

He graduated from Ponchatoula High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Southeastern Louisiana University.

His daughters, Abry, 10, and Hunter Grace, 7, attend St. Joseph School. The family worships at St. Joseph Church.

The election is March 5.