DANIEL EDWARDS, Sheriff
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Daniel Edwards, Sheriff
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Sheriff Edwards would like everyone to have a safe and happy Halloween for themselves, their guests and their children. Using these safety tips and common sense can help you make the most of your Halloween season and make it as enjoyable for your kids as it is for you! Make Halloween a fun, safe and happy time by discussing the following safety tips with your children.
Parents can check the list of sex offenders in their area by clicking on the following link: Sex Offender Link on our website www.tpso.org
A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds and adults should remind trick-or-treaters:
•By using a flashlight, they can see and be seen by others.
•Watch open flames from jack-o-lanterns as they can cause costumes and long wigs to catch on fire.
•Make sure that fake knives, swords, and guns are made from cardboard or other flexible materials to avoid accidental injury or worse, having them mistaken for the real thing!
•Stay in a group, walk slowly and communicate where you are going.
•Only trick-or-treat at homes you know and that have a porch light on.
•Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
•If no sidewalk is available, walk at the farthest edge of the roadway facing traffic.
•Never cut across yards or use alleys.
•Never enter a stranger's home or car for any reason.
•Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations.
•Always walk. Never run across a street.
•Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalk or at corners (do not zig-zag across streets to go from house to house)
•Never cross the street from between parked cars.
•Remove any mask or item that will limit eyesight before crossing a street, driveway or alley.
•Don't assume that you have the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing trick-or-treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn't mean others will.
•Never consume unwrapped food items or open beverages that may be offered.
•No treats should be eaten until they are thoroughly checked by an adult at home.
It is also important to ensure that your home is safe and accessible to trick-or-treaters. As adults there are some very simple things we can do to make the evening safe for everyone.
•Turn on your porch light.
•Move lit jack-o-lanterns off the porch where kids get bunched up if they are trick-or-treating in groups.
•Consider using flashlights or LED simulated candles. Do not use real candles.
•Remove objects from your yard that might present a hazard.
•If you don’t wish to give out candy and would still like to participate in Halloween, consider giving out stickers, trading cards, or similar items.
•Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
•Try to apportion treats for the days following Halloween.
•Although sharing is encouraged, make sure items that can cause choking (such as hard candies), are given only to those of an appropriate age.
Most of all, MOVING VEHICLES, can pose one of the biggest hazards to trick-or-treaters. Drivers have a hard time seeing people, especially at dusk and in dark costumes. To ensure the safety of all trick-or-treaters, young and old, be sure to drive slowly all evening, you never know what creature may suddenly cross your path.
•Above all, make this Halloween a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. If you are not comfortable allowing your kids to trick-or-treat in the neighborhoods, there will be plenty of controlled environments where families can go to enjoy the festivities. Check your local neighborhoods, businesses, and churches for these controlled activities.
If you see any suspicious or unlawful activity, remember to notify Law Enforcement authorities immediately.
We are LOOKING for you!!!
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for Communication's Deputy. Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including NWH. Required skills: Must have basic computer skills & be able to type a min of 35 wpm, as well as multitask, map reading skills, good communication & customer service skills, ability to sit for extended periods of time. Requirements: HS diploma or equivalent, and must be able to pass background, credit and drug screening. TPSO is an equal employment opportunity employer. You must apply for this position in person at either of our locations in Amite or Hammond, LA. Deadline 09/12/14 4:00 PM. Questions 985-902-2063
Are you ready?
With almost one month of hurricane season behind us, it’s important to be reminded of safety measures and precautions that need to take place before and while a storm is tracking our way.
First, what is a Hurricane? A hurricane is a storm with a sustained wind force of 74 mph or greater. These storms are traced from the time they become a tropical wave until they develop into a hurricane. Hurricane season is June 1st through November 30th.
Sheriff Daniel Edwards offers these safety tips to citizens of Tangipahoa Parish when preparing for a hurricane or other natural disaster:
Do I leave or do I stay? If you leave, have preparations made in advance. Do not wait!!! The roads become a parking lot. For every four (4) times you evacuate, three (3) times will just be a short vacation.
Before you leave your home:
• Turn off:
• Fill freezer with containers of water.
• Have plenty of cash on hand.
• Make sure important papers go with you (keep these in a water tight container or ziploc bag).
• Have an up-to-date inventory of possessions for insurance purposes with descriptions, models, and serial numbers of items. Include purchase price and date (Operation ID). Secure a video tape or take photographs of all possessions and keep in safe deposit box. (Take this along with you when you leave.)
If you stay:
• Know location and routes to Red Cross shelters.
• Secure home and grounds (tape windows, tie down or store yard items, etc.)
• If in a mobile home community, evacuate to shelter immediately whenever a Hurricane Warning or Disaster is declared.
• Turn freezer to lowest setting and fill it with containers of water so it will stay colder longer.
• Keep a two-week supply of non-perishable foods, needing little or no preparation. Don't forget non-electrical can opener and emergency cooking equipment, i.e. grill, Coleman stove (for outside cooking).
• Have at least one (1) gallon of water per person per day.
• Secure important papers; labeled ziploc bags, currency in small denominations only.
• Have emergency cash available. ATM's will not be working.
• Have flashlights and fresh batteries with replacements.
• Have portable battery operated radios and/or televisions.
• Scour bathtub and rinse with household bleach, then with water. Fill the tub with water for use in the toilet.
• Make sure your vehicle is full of fuel.
• Have all medications for a full two weeks; include a first-aid kit.
• Be prepared to be completely self-sufficient for at least two weeks.
• If evacuated, delay return until authorized.
• Seek medical help at Red Cross stations or hospitals.
• Do not go into disaster areas.
• Drive, only if necessary.
• Beware of snakes and insects moving to high ground.
• Avoid all structurally damaged buildings.
• Guard against spoiled food.
• Notify insurance agent of damage.
• Make temporary repairs to protect against further damage and looting.
• Beware of unscrupulous opportunities: i.e. price gouging.
• Curfew ordinance starts in any local emergency.
• Do not wire an emergency generator directly into house, draw power directly from generator.
Special Care Program:
If you have a special needs or an elderly family member, neighbor or friend that will need assistance, please contact the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office to prepare for accommodations. 985-345-6150, attention Deputy Susie.
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for Corrections Officers. Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including NWH. Required skills: Must have basic computer & report writing skills, good communication skills, ability to climb stairs and stand for extended periods of time. Requirements: Must be at least 18, HS diploma or equivalent, and must be able to pass background, credit and drug screening. TPSO is an equal employment opportunity employer. You must apply for this position in person at either of our locations in Amite or Hammond, LA.
Questions please contact: 985-902-2063