Professional Standards

The Professional Standards Division of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office is responsible for providing several critical services that support the mission and operations of the Sheriff's Office. We are committed to providing essential support services to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office and it’s personnel by maintaining high standards of ethics and professionalism in the areas of accreditation, recruitment, selection, background checks, public information, training (personal and professional development), and administrative investigation. We pledge to provide these services with integrity, courtesy and operational efficiency.

The objectives of the Professional Standards Division include the protection of the public, the department, and the employee. Additionally, PSD manages policy and procedure updates as well as training recommendations.

Personnel Complaints

Personnel complaints alleging misconduct of sworn members will not be accepted more than 30 days after the alleged incident. Exceptions to this rule include: (1) When the complaint involves a criminal violation, in which case the criminal statute of limitations will determine the time limit; (2) When the complainant can show good cause for not making the complaint within the specified time limit; and (3) The Sheriff shall have the discretion to investigate or order an investigation of any complaint when necessary to preserve the integrity of the department, regardless of the time reported. Read more about the complaint process.

Other Information
This Office does not accept complaints in regard to the guilt or innocence of defendants in traffic ticket cases and/or criminal offenses. Those matters are reserved to the judgment of the proper judicial court for adjudication.

Citizens should be aware that making a false complaint is a violation of state law. We would not and cannot bring charges against a person who has acted in good faith.

Types of Complaints

There are 2 types of complaints that may be made against members of the sheriff's office.

  • Informal Complaints: Informal complaints typically involve employee behavior, such as rudeness, offensive language, or procedural errors. These complaints are usually investigated by the immediate supervisor. Informal complaints may be made in person, by telephone, anonymous, or by letter.
  • Formal Complaints: Formal complaints typically involve more serious alleged acts, such as criminal behavior or other serious allegations of misconduct. These complaints must be reduced to writing with a signature from the complainant.

Please click on the Self Service Tab, How to File A Complaint for additional details.