Last Modified: Friday, June 22, 2012 8:04 PM
How much did it cost to send the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office drill team to compete in Washington, D.C.?
Kim Myers, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, said the trip cost about $7,400.
The Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard, which has 17 members, was formed eight years ago, she said. The trip, which involved only five team members, marked the group’s second appearance in a national competition, Myers said.
This year’s contest, held during National Police Week, featured 17 teams, including groups from federal law enforcement agencies and one team from Canada.
The Calcasieu team placed second, behind the Marion County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office but ahead of teams from DeKalb County, Ga.; Union Township, Ohio; and Orange County, Fla.
The Honor Guard, Myers said, performs throughout the year at various events, including Lake Charles’ Red, White, Blue and You Independence Day celebration and the funerals of law enforcement officers and dignitaries.
The members, who are picked by Sheriff Tony Mancuso, “receive no compensation for their performances, and many times they do this on their own time,” Myers said.
The Honor Guard members who traveled to Washington were Sgt. John Reddin, Cpl. Leonard Crawford, Sr. Cpl. Lance Melendy, Cpl. Steven Arnold and Deputy Marcus Thompson.
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The reader’s complaint is the subject of one of the top frequently asked questions on the Postal Service’s website. The initial step the agency recommends for recipients of such misdelivered mail is to write “Not at this address” on the envelope and return the mail to the carrier or a mailbox.
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Posted By: Tricia On: 7/21/2012
You are such a pompous smurf. Do you feel left out? I bet you are just a little jealous. And don't say "your" tax dollars paid for this. Not quite. Your tax dollars probably paid .50 cents. I will reimburse you if it will make you feel better.
Posted By: Tricia Beboar On: 6/26/2012
I'm proud of our sheriffs department for placing second place! They competed against some major law enforcement agencies including Border Patrol. Lt. Robert Manuel also accompied the Honor Guard. This is a great success for our Law Enforcement men an woman. Personally I'm proud of them as I know our Sherrif is too.
Posted By: P.Q. On: 6/25/2012
That all it is and nothing but waste.7k to send them up there for what? How does spending that 7k make Calcasieu safer?