The Assumption Parish Detention Center is a medium security facility capable of housing 108 inmates. Anyone arrested by state and local agencies within Assumption Parish is brought to the facility for booking.
The facility houses state and local inmates who have been sentenced and individuals that are awaiting the disposition of their cases. Juvenile and female arrestees are housed at separate facilities in surrounding parishes.
Among the inmates confined to the facility, several are assigned to the Trustee Detail. These inmates are assigned to work on a daily basis within the facility and in various locations in the community. The inmates working outside of the facility provide services such as the maintenance and upkeep of parish properties and litter abatement on roads and highways within the parish.
SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS School Resource Officers are certified law enforcement officers who are permanently assigned to provide coverage to a school or a set of schools. The SRO is specifically trained to perform three roles: law enforcement officer; law-related counselor; and law-related education teacher. The SRO is not necessarily a DARE officer (although many have received such training), security guard, or officer who has been placed temporarily in a school in response to a crisis situation but rather acts as a comprehensive resource for his/her school.
D.A.R.E. (DRUG ABUSE RESISTANCE EDUCATION) This year millions of school children around the world will benefit from D.A.R.E., the highly acclaimed program that gives kids the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, and violence. D.A.R.E. was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles and has proven so successful that it is now being implemented in 75 percent of our nation's school districts and in more than 43 countries around the world. D.A.R.E. is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches children from kindergarten through 12th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives.
The D.A.R.E. curriculum is designed to be taught by police officers whose training and experience gave them the background needed to answer the sophisticated questions often posed by young students about drugs and crime. Prior to entering the D.A.R.E. program, officers undergo 80 hours of special training in areas such as child development, classroom management, teaching techniques, and communication skills. 40 hours of additional training are provided to D.A.R.E. instructors to prepare them to teach the high school curriculum. D.A.R.E. is universally viewed as an internationally recognized model of community policing. The United States Department of Justice has identified how D.A.R.E. benefits local communities:
D.A.R.E. "humanizes" the police: that is, young people can begin to relate to officers as people
D.A.R.E. permits students to see officers in a helping role, not just an enforcement role
D.A.R.E. opens lines of communication between law enforcement and youth
D.A.R.E. Officers can serve as conduits to provide information beyond drug-related topics
D.A.R.E. opens dialogue between the school, police, and parents to deal with other issues