As your Sheriff, it is my honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Red River Parish. I am truly humbled and grateful.
Over the last 12 years we have been able to advance our technology and make great progress in many areas of the sheriff’s office. Some of these advancements include opioid-overdose antidotes, AED’s (cardiac defibrillators) and laptop computers in all patrol units. The computers are networked, which allows deputies to input inquiries themselves and to complete and submit reports from their vehicles instead of having to spend large amounts of time at the office. We’ve also invested in new patrol units, department issued firearms, tasers, bullet proof vests, and body cameras.
We have acquired 2 certified multi-purpose K-9 dogs (narcotics detection, tracking and apprehension), as well as 2 drones used for search/rescue, suspect apprehension and other emergency operations. Our training facility has been updated, including indoor training facilities and equipment. We’ve hired 2 certified forensic investigators. We also recently hired a staff IT Administrator. In order to improve our overall mission, we have increased training from once a year to minimum quarterly training sessions, in addition to sending deputies outside of the parish to numerous schools and training. Staffing has been more than doubled in order to better serve the citizens of Red River Parish. Safety is increased, response times are faster, and case solve rates are increased. These are just some of the many things we have accomplished during my tenure.
We’ve also faced many challenges during the past several years including COVID-19 and deputy shortages. Every agency across the nation is facing an unprecedented law enforcement shortage. There are multiple social, political, and economic factors at play, making law enforcement shortages a complex challenge for agencies across the nation.
Ensuring adequate staffing is one of my biggest priorities as sheriff. I will continue to recruit and employ the best of the best to serve the citizens of Red River Parish. I’ve told myself countless times that I would rather have a vacant position than hire the wrong person to wear our uniform and badge.
Lastly, I want to remind the citizens of Red River Parish to please exercise your right to vote. Early voting starts on Saturday, September 30th and ends Saturday, October 7th, 2023 (excluding Sunday) between the hours of 8:30 AM and 6:00 PM. Early voting will be held at the Registrar of Voters Office located on the first floor of the courthouse. The primary election will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2023. All polls will open at 7:00 AM and close at 8:00 PM. Please make sure to have your government issued ID with you in order to vote.
I ask for your vote of confidence to continue serving Red River Parish as your Sheriff. As a lifelong resident, keeping Red River Parish a safe place to live and raise a family is my number one priority. I am thankful to live in a parish that supports their local law enforcement. The men and women of the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office are here to protect and serve their community. I am proud of the work they do and am honored to lead this team to safeguard our community. As we continue our efforts, I believe our best days are not behind us, but are ahead of us.
I am Sheriff Glen T. Edwards and I humbly ask you for your vote.
Thank you and may God bless.