Jeff Davis Sheriff’s Office opening substation for Lacassine

The Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office is setting up a substation in Lacassine to better serve the growing population in that part of the parish, officials said.

The substation, which will open Monday, will be at the South Louisiana Rail Facility, inside the Agricultural Industrial Park, at 10222 Lacassine Regional Parkway, off La. 101 and Interstate 10.

“With all the increase in traffic and all the new residential areas coming up in the western end of the parish we were looking at getting a place where a deputy could meet with a complainant or victims without having to drive all the way to Jennings or meet in a parking lot somewhere down the road,” said Chief Deputy Chris Ivey.

“It will be a place people on the west side can go if they have an issue.”

The substation will be open 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays for non-emergency calls, he said. Emergencies should still be reported to 911 or Sheriff’s Office dispatchers.

“If someone gets up one morning and finds their lawn mower is missing, they can drive over there and give a report to the deputy, or if they have questions about loose cattle or dog nuisances,” he said.

Residents will be able to use the substation to fill out reports, seek assistance, or meet with deputies and investigators.

The substation will cover the Lacassine area, along with Woodlawn, Fenton, Welsh and south of Lacassine to the Iowa area just inside the parish. The substation will be on a trial basis, Ivey said.

“We’ll run it for six months and see if it is utilized,” he said. “And if it looks like something that is going to be needed, we will look at a more permanent building.”

Signs will direct people to the substation — the Sheriff’s Office’s first in the parish.

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