Experience

Through leadership and experience, Steve has changed local law enforcement in a way that will benefit the citizens of Caddo Parish for years to come. Innovative. Progressive. But most of all, in touch with what matters most to Caddo Parish. Keeping our children and elderly safe. Being careful with your money. Reducing crime and protecting your property. With the help of some of the hardest working people in law enforcement, Steve has done all of this and more.

  • Crime down 41 percent since 2001.
  • Created the Caddo-Shreveport Financial Crimes Task Force and Caddo-Shreveport Narcotics Task Force in conjunction with Shreveport Police to improve case efficiency and inter-departmental communications.
  • Established a Marine Unit to provide full-time patrols on Red River.
  • Established a Traffic Safety Unit to fully investigate fatality crashes and serious injury accidents.
  • Hosted Louisiana’s first school violence training drill and continues to host active shooter drills.
  • Established the Caddo Criminal Justice Task Force consisting of the Caddo Sheriff’s Office, Shreveport Police, Caddo judges, the District Attorney, the Public Defender, Caddo Commission, Probation and Parole, and the Clerk of Court. Efforts by this group led directly to a 25 percent reduction in the jail population at CCC, averting the need for a new jail and saving taxpayers millions in construction, inmate food, per diem costs, and medical costs.
  • Established a work release program for pre-screened, non-violent DOC inmates nearing the end of their sentences to provide opportunities to earn money for fines, child support, and self- sufficiency outside of jail.
  • Built the first Re-Entry residential facility in Louisiana, in cooperation with DOC, to provide inmates with employment skills, vocational training, job placement assistance, and life skills needed for successful reintegration into the community. Over 2,300 inmates have participated.
  • Established a regional training academy which generates funds by training deputies and officers from more than 100 agencies within a 10-parish area while saving money by training Caddo deputies in-house.
  • Required all Reserve deputies to be P.O.S.T. trained, and implemented a night academy for Reserves.
  • Joined with other agencies to form the Northwest Louisiana Internet Crimes against Children’s Task Force to investigate on-line child predators.
  • Conducted the first sex offender sweep by a law enforcement agency in North Louisiana to identify and locate unregistered sex offenders living in Caddo Parish. The Caddo Sheriff’s Office currently has a 93 percent registration compliance rate.
  • Ordered stricter requirements for public notices by convicted sex offenders.
  • Successfully blocked the designation of Caddo Parish as an emergency shelter location for state sex offenders.
  • Built Sheriff’s Safety Town, Louisiana’s only interactive safety learning center for children, constructed primarily with private funds raised by Steve.
  • Started CSI Camp for Kids.
  • Continued emphasis on youth by offering Sheriff’s Scout Camp and Summer Recreation programs at area school gymnasiums as safe summer activity alternatives.
  • Developed the Youth Firearms Safety Education Camp.
  • Implemented a First Gun Course for youth receiving hunting rifles or BB guns for Christmas.
  • Started the Distracted and Impaired Driving course for teens.
  • Developed a safety course for college-bound students to address personal safety, finances, drug awareness, and campus security for teens leaving home for the first time.
  • Developed the SOS (Sheriff’s Operation Safeguard) Program, which provides an ID bracelet for memory-impaired persons to help reunite them with their loved ones.
  • Started the File of Life program for seniors.
  • Made Sheriff’s Office facilities more available to the public by opening the Academy firing range for citizen gun sight-in days. Citizens can also use substations as a safe place to conduct online classified sales transactions, such as those on CraigsList.
  • Formed an Auxiliary Deputy Program using unarmed volunteers to supplement patrol deputies for neighborhood patrols, special event enforcement, and directing traffic.
  • First to hold homeowners rights training.
  • First to offer concealed carry training.
  • Formed the Citizens’ Problem Resolver (CPR) Program by assigning deputy liaisons in north and south Caddo Parish.
  • First in the area to develop a mobile app to encourage citizens to stay connected with the Sheriff’s Office.
  • First in the area to offer Offender Watch, a sex offender management system and community notification tool.
  • First in the area to provide on-line tax payment service.
  • First in the area to list jail bookings, mugshots, and warrants on line.
  • Installed mobile display terminals and cameras in all patrol cars.
  • Placed full body scanners at CCC to detect contraband brought to the jail by suspects at booking.
  • Saved over $60,000 in food costs at Caddo Correctional Center by eliminating condiments , replacing one hot meal with a cold, and changing to heart healthy meals.
  • Reduced the use of agency nurses at CCC and implemented a more cost-effective paramedic program using part-time, off-duty fire paramedics.
  • Used sentenced DOC inmates to perform tasks such as litter abatement, food prep, laundry, and maintenance at CCC.

The following were paid for without requesting additional money from Caddo taxpayers:

  • 6,000 square-foot addition to the Regional Training Facility.
  • Work Release dorm paid for with funds generated from inmates participating in the program.
  • Re-Entry building
  • Marine substation
  • North substation
  • South substation
  • Doubled the space at Fleet Services building.
  • Began the DARE program in Shreveport.
  • Started the Street-Level Interdiction Unit (Jump Out Boys) and police methodology.
  • Started the first Sex Crimes Unit.
  • First in the area to use a Community Oriented Policing strategy with community liaison officers.
  • Began the first Domestic Violence Task Force with the YWCA.
  • Started the first Citizens Academy.
  • Initiated Volunteers In Policing.
  • Constructed a federally approved temporary holding facility to reduce the number of outstanding warrants.
  • Opened the first late-hours curfew and truancy center with Rutherford House.
  • Operated the first Automated Fingerprint Identification System in the area, serving as a hub to 32 other agencies.
  • Mandated less-than-lethal force training by all officers and hired the US Justice Department to train employees in cultural sensitivity.
  • Developed personnel policies including random drug testing, an early warning system to identify officers with multiple Internal Affairs complaints, and reducing officer vehicle accidents through training and accountability.