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The Criminal Patrol Division is the largest division of the Covington Police Department. It is made up of 20 sworn officers. It provides the first line of defense for the citizens of Covington by actively patrolling residential areas and businesses. The division conducts the preliminary investigation of reported and officer-observed crimes, arrests the offenders, and serves warrants and subpoenas. While patrolling, the officers also enforces traffic laws and assists the Traffic Division with serious crashes. If any area of the city is experiencing an increase in crime, extra patrols are conducted in that area in addition to normal patrols throughout the city. Patrol officers also present testimony and evidence in court on the arrests they make. The division is broken down into four shifts, each working a twelve-hour tour of duty, two weeks of days and two weeks of nights.
The Criminal Investigations Division of the Covington Police Department consists of six investigators with extensive experience and knowledge for investigating all major criminal offenses.
The Criminal Investigations Division investigates crimes inclusive of homicide, armed robbery, sexual assault, child abuse, burglary and other violations of the law, as well as crimes involving narcotic violations and asset seizures.
The Criminal Investigations Division is available 24 hours a day to respond to the investigative needs of the department and the citizens of Covington. Our success in solving and preventing crimes in Covington would not be possible without the support and cooperation we receive from our many fine citizens, who report suspicious activity and/or provide critical information to our detectives.
The challenge of keeping police officers’ skills and knowledge up to date is the responsibility of the Covington Police Department's Training Division, where training is viewed not as a cost, but an investment. Each new officer attends a 13-week basic academy followed by 14 weeks of training in the field before they are ready to serve the needs of the community. All experienced officers hone their skills and knowledge year-round.
Serving officers attend regular in-service training. In addition, there are video courses, specialty schools and classes, guest trainers and online educational opportunities made available. In order to maximize a limited budget, much of the training is conducted by our own officers who specialize in certain fields, and we frequently seek government grants for classes provided through outside agencies.
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The DARE (Drug Abuse and Resistance Education) program was conceived in 1983 by Chief Darrel Gates at the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and has spread across the United States and into the UK since that time. It has been offered by the Covington Police Department since 1990 and is currently taught in schools in the Covington area.
This education program is presented by a commissioned law enforcement officer at the middle and jr. high school levels in conjunction with the St. Tammany Parish School system not only to teach students to resist involvement with drugs and violence, but to also to introduce them to law enforcement in a non-threatening environment. It consists of two main facets:
1) The fifth grade CORE curriculum teaches student to act in their own best interests when facing high-risk, low-gain choices, to resist peer pressure, and to make good personal choices concerning drugs, alcohol and tobacco use.
2) The seventh grade curriculum, a continuation of the fifth grade presentation, reinforces the central messages of good personal choices but also emphasizes the impact of social situations through short videos showing actual teenagers, not actors, reenacting their encounters and decision processes. This program, entitled “Keepin it REAL," was developed in 2009 in conjunction with Penn State University and is certified by several national organizations.
For more information on this program or to request a DARE presentation at your organization, please contact the Duty Officer at (985) 892-8500.
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