CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
| DECEMBER 14, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
At the request of the Louisiana Supreme Court, the United States Marshals Service recently conducted three regional training sessions for Louisiana Sheriffs and their court security personnel in conjunction with the Court’s efforts to improve court security statewide. The sessions were held in New Orleans, Shreveport, and Lafayette and addressed such issues as improving facility security for all levels of budget, high threat trials, and security for judges both at the courthouse and at home.
The United States Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest and most versatile federal law enforcement agency, excelling in the areas of judicial and courthouse security and prisoner operations. According to Chief Justice Catherine D. “Kitty” Kimball, “The Marshal Service training was recommended following a study commissioned by the Louisiana Supreme Court Court Security Task Force, chaired by 17th Judicial District Judge Jerome Barbera. The marshals’ unparalleled expertise in all aspects of federal and state law enforcement is key in this important endeavor of improving security in Louisiana’s courthouses around the state. The Supreme Court will be working with the marshals again in the near future to develop further security training sessions. We are most appreciative of their time and assistance.”
Approximately 31 parishes were represented at the three training sessions hosted by U.S. Marshal Genny May for the Eastern District of Louisiana, U.S. Marshal Henry L. Whitehorn, Sr. for the Western District of Louisiana, and U.S. Marshal Kevin Harrison for the Middle District of Louisiana. Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Steve Hartman (Eastern District) designed the regional training program and Chief Inspector John Muffler, Administrator for the National Center for Judicial Security was a featured speaker.