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Oct 14, 2009 11:36 AM by Jthibodeaux

St. Mary jail training exercise

St. Mary Parish Sheriff David A. Naquin announced that beginning at 7:30 am the Department of Corrections and the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office hosted a jail training exercise at the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center. Training was offered to local municipal agencies and centered on the movement of inmates for hurricanes and other emergencies. Sheriff Naquin stated that at any given time in a correction facility, the movement of inmates occurs. In this case, our training deals with the moving of masses of inmates, safely. While training our deputies and local officers, Sheriff Naquin advised that a complete search of the Law Enforcement Center will take place. Last year, the Correction Facility was evacuated for Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. This gave us the opportunity to clean; search and do needed repairs in the facility. Today's exercise moved and searched over 300 inmates. The internet has provided law enforcement officials an opportunity to exchange information with other correctional facilities across the country. If an inmate beats a security measure in a facility, this information is passed on for others to learn. Today, Correction Officers learned the latest techniques for moving and searching inmates and jail cells for contraband. Over 50 officers participated in this exercise. The safe and secure moving of inmates is critical to our court system, law enforcement and the public.

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