Running for office: Tangipahoa Parish sheriff _lowres

Daniel H. Edwards

Sheriff Daniel Hardy Edwards is seeking re-election as Tangipahoa Parish sheriff.

Citing his prior experience as a felony prosecutor for nine years and more than 11 years heading the Sheriff’s Office, Edwards said he “has the education, training, experience and commitment to effectively provide top-quality law enforcement to the citizens of the parish.”

Edwards said under his leadership, the Sheriff’s Office has received full accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies and established a Cold Case Unit that has solved several cold cases, including homicides, dating back to 1980. He also created a Street Crimes Unit and established an Internet Crimes Against Children/Sex Offender Compliance Unit that has yielded over 500 arrests to date, Edwards said.

He said his office has averaged over 300 drug arrests per year and seized several million dollars in cash from drug dealers and criminals.

“As a married father of five children, volunteer coach, FCA board member, past president of Amite Rotary, former United Way board member, among other roles with civic and community organizations, I know firsthand that community involvement makes a difference,” he said in a written statement.

“That is why I am proud to have established a Young Marine Program for 8- to 18-year-olds, expanded the DARE program to two certified DARE officers, engaged with Seniors and Law Enforcement Together, expanded neighborhood watch to over 70 active groups, as well as work closely with our schools.”

Edwards said he is fiscally conservative and has received eight years of perfect audits, which are on file with the Legislative Auditor’s Office.