Sheriff’s Department Releases Deputy

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Bryan “Ricky” Steinert is no longer a Red River Parish Deputy. Sheriff Glen Edwards told The Journal on Thursday, Steinert was released on Monday March 12th. He had worked for the sheriff’s office since August.

Investigative journalists in New Orleans reported recently that Steinert resigned from his position as deputy with St. Tammany Parish last May 11th. He had applied to Red River in June and was hired on August 10th following personal interviews and a check of his previous employer and references.

Sheriff Edwards said, “Our internal review of the application process concluded that Steinert was not forthcoming with information surrounding his separation from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.”

Steinert left St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office when questions arose about a report he submitted on a DWI arrest. Sheriff Edwards said he understands that the state Attorney General’s office is investigating that matter and he was reserving any judgment on that incident until the AG’s investigation concludes.

During The Journal’s conversation with Edwards the Sheriff noted that Red River Deputies are equipped with body cameras. There is a report review process, including the review of video from actions by deputies. Edwards added, “In most cases it would prevent the type of issues that were detailed in news reports concerning Steinert. No inconsistencies have been identified concerning arrests by Deputy Steinert while employed with the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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