Two officers from the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office and one from the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office are among 19 who graduated recently from the Slidell Regional Police Academy.

Dixie Dusang of the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office won two awards for academic achievement in the program.

Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith addressed the graduates and congratulated them on a job well done.

“By graduating from the Slidell Regional Police Academy, the certificate you have received is earned, not given,” he said.

“When you leave here tonight, remember one thing: Everyone is watching everything you do. Police officers are held to a higher standard, more now than ever. Make sure you represent that badge and your department well.”

In their three months of training, the new officers studied firearms, basics of patrol, investigations, first aid and CPR, tactical driving, scenario-based training, defensive tactics, physical fitness and community relations.

Awards were presented to:

  • Bradley Peck, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, physical fitness and firearms awards.
  • Dusang, St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office, scholastic and POST awards. The POST award recognizes the highest score on the state final exam
  • Juan Carlos Rossell, Louisiana National Guard Force Protection, driving award.

The new officers are:

  • Causeway Police Department, Brian Taylor
  • Covington Police Department, Katy Hart and Edwin Masters
  • Louisiana National Guard Force Protection, Ulyssiss Evans and Rossell
  • Office of Juvenile Justice, Neka Gardner
  • Ponchatoula Police Department, Allen Busby and Damieon Tanner
  • Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office, Tiffany Picquet
  • Pearl River Police Department, Kaylene Smith
  • St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office, Dusang and James Manint
  • Slidell Police Department, Michael Alphonso
  • Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, Perry Champagne, Alfred Hart, Shane McCabe, Jessica Murray, Bradley Peck and Colby Varnado.