The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office
At the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office, we are devoted to and remain instrumental in preserving the quality of life in our community by maintaining Tangipahoa Parish as a safe and secure place to live, work and play. Our primary focus as a department is crime prevention, crime detection, offender apprehension and public safety. We strive daily to maintain open lines of communication, allowing community members and law enforcement to work together to prevent crime and solve problems of mutual concern.
Sheriff Daniel Edwards has taken an aggressive approach in his efforts to fight against crime. He has taken steps to ensure that crime does not pay, and has been nationally recognized for his efforts. He has created new investigative units that reduced crime, incorporated the latest state-of-the-art technology into the department, and supported the deputies who serve our parish. He has managed to combat crime and increase protection in our parish on a modest budget. Daniel Edwards knows how to keep our parish safe.
Nationally Recognized as One of the Best Sheriff’s Offices in the State.
• Received National Accreditation – As promised, earned national accreditation
from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies to
become one of only four sheriff’s offices in the state to be nationally accredited
• Received commendations for outstanding investigations from the DEA, FBI,
Attorney General’s Office and State Fire Marshal, among other agencies
• Developed a Cold Case Unit that is responsible for solving numerous cases
dating back to 1980
• Achieves a homicide solve rate 1½ times the national average
• Created a Street Crimes Unit responsible for saturation patrols of high
• Created the Internet Crimes Against Children/Sex Offender Compliance Unit
which has yielded over 500 arrests
• Continues to seize millions of dollars in cash from drug dealers and criminals
• Professionally trained reserve, canine and mounted division averaging
over 15,000 hours per year of community service
Prior to running for Sheriff, Edwards served as an Assistant District Attorney for the 21st Judicial District prosecuting felony crimes. As a felony prosecutor, Edwards handled a number of rape, murder and narcotic cases.
“The experience gained by working with local, regional, state and federal law enforcement offices has been invaluable,” said Edwards. “I have personally worked with local police departments from Kentwood to Ponchatoula as well as the Tri-Parish Drug Task Force, the State Police and the DEA.”
Edwards is a full-time sheriff who is very involved in the running of the department. Edwards has also led his department in being recognized nationally as an Accredited Law Enforcement Agency with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Edwards has also formally been invited to serve as a Member of the Committees for Domestic Violence and Crime Prevention / Private Security by the National Sheriff’ Association for a third term. This appointment allows him to work side by side with state and national law enforcement leaders, organizations and associations.
“The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Department has the potential to be one of the best departments in the state,” said Edwards. “With a determined leader and the commitment of all the sheriff’s deputies, we will have a department which will make all of the citizens of Tangipahoa Parish proud.”
In July of 2015, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office met the requirements of the highly regarded broadly recognized body of Law Enforcement Accreditation standards and was awarded for the first time full accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) on July 25, 2015, in Colorado Springs, Co. at the C.A.L.E.A. summer national conference.
After a 3-year self-assessment phase and an on-site inspection of policy, procedures, equipment and facilities by CALEA assessors, Sheriff Edwards and his Accreditation Team attended a hearing before a panel of CALEA Commissioners that made a unanimous vote to recommend accreditation of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office signifying excellence in public safety policy and practice.
Accreditation is a voluntary process that invites independent accrediting bodies to inspect and review agency policies and practices to determine if the agency is following state and national standards and best practices. Accreditation is a highly valued recognition for any law enforcement agency.
The purpose of the Commission is to develop law enforcement standards and to establish and administer the accreditation process. The accreditation process is how a law enforcement agency demonstrates how they meet professionally recognized criteria for excellence in management and service delivery. “Being CALEA certified is not required, but it does indicate a level of professionalism. We choose to look at ourselves with a microscope to make sure we are doing everything we can do to be a professional and efficient sheriff’s office, especially in the climate we have today in law enforcement,” Edwards said.
“We continue to open our agency to scrutiny from outside independent organizations whose job it is to make sure we are adhering to best practices in a wide range of areas, from law enforcement to areas operations to include purchasing, training, and fiscal responsibility,” Sheriff Edwards.
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is one of only four sheriff’s offices in our state to be accredited. There are also four accredited police departments in Louisiana. This accreditation would not have been possible without the support and hard work of the men and women at Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Our mission at the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is to provide the highest quality of public safety services to our community. We strive to maintain a safe environment that enhances the quality of life for all those who live, work and visit Tangipahoa Parish. We are innovative and responsive to the needs of those we serve and work in partnership with our community to solve issues of mutual concern.
Our Core Values
Honesty —are truthful in our words and actions
Loyalty— We are loyal to our department, profession and members of our community.
Diversity— We embrace the strength in diversity.
Community— We value partnership and working together to make a positive impact in our community.
Sustainability— We believe in fair and equitable enforcement of all laws and respect for the constitutional rights of all persons.
Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office has a zero tolerance policy regarding sexual violence and sexual misconduct involving staff. If you have information or believe an offender under custody of this Department has been subjected to conduct of this nature, please notify the warden’s office where the offender is assigned or the Probation and Parole District Office where the offender reports if he or she is under supervision.
2013 PREA Report
2014 PREA Annual Report