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Oct 17, 2013
GREENSBURG – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced that $190,000 in capital outlay funding for new evidence technology and renovations at the St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office has been submitted to the State Bond Commission for approval. The renovation project includes a new radio control room for booking offenders and taking tip calls to solve crimes faster, as well as a new evidence processing room and surveillance cameras.
Governor Jindal said, “Since 2008 we’ve strengthened laws that protect our families from sex offenders and other criminals, we’ve increased penalties for human trafficking and we created the Criminal Hotspot Initiative that connects all levels of law enforcement statewide to help reduce crime in our communities. Today’s announcement builds on these efforts. This investment will help the Sheriff’s office in its fight against crime by making investigations more efficient, and the funding will also help strengthen the partnership between local law enforcement agencies and state agencies.”
The funding will help renovate a new building obtained by Sheriff Williams and the St. Helena Police Jury to better organize the sheriff’s departments in a larger space. Prior to the new building, the St. Helena Sheriff's Office was old and overcrowded, and evidence rooms were small and lacked an up-to-date system to process evidence collected by law enforcement.
The new evidence room will feature new technology and a sophisticated bar code system to better organize and analyze evidence related to outstanding criminal cases. Governor Jindal said that this new system will help with the prosecution of criminals and reduce errors related to evidence processing.
St. Helena Sheriff Nat Williams said, “These renovations will help continue our efforts to expand our operations so we can better protect our citizens here in St. Helena. The new resources will help us process evidence faster and get law enforcement and firemen dispatched quicker to those that need them.”
The new radio control room will expand the Sheriff's capacity for taking tip calls and dispatching deputies to crime scenes. Currently, the St. Helena Sheriff's Office fields all crime and fire-related calls in the community and also handles the law enforcement dispatching to respond to those calls. This funding will bring in new computers and phones with faster technology, allowing for a quicker response time to calls in the area.
Senator Bodi White said, “This funding will help local law enforcement lower crime and keep our families safe. I am proud to support this renovation project with Governor Jindal and have enjoyed working with Sheriff Nat Williams over the past two years.”