I take great pride in being entrusted with the honor and responsibility that comes with leading the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office.

Randy Smith

Sheriff
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Feb12

STPSO is now hiring

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office is looking for individuals who want to make a difference and begin a career in law enforcement. Apply here.  View Recruitment Video
Feb04

Sheriff Smith Releases Mid-term Report

Sheriff Randy Smith has released his Mid-term Report highlighting information related to the activities, operations and accomplishments of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office since he took office in July 2016. This informative document includes information regarding the Crisis Intervention Team, School Resource Officer program, expanded online services for the public, training, stats, community related activities and more. The Mid-term Report will be available for public viewing on our website, www.stpso.com.
Mar19

STPSO Awarded Funding for Checkpoints, Underage Drinking Enforcement

As an ongoing commitment to keeping our roadways safe, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has been awarded $148,099 by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to be utilized as part of the statewide Fatal and Injury Crash Reduction Effort. The primary objective of this effort is to reduce fatal and injury crashes on Louisiana roadways, and funds will be used to supply additional manpower to conduct extra seat belt enforcement,…
Mar14

Teens Arrested Following High Speed Chase; Confess to Burglarizing Vehicles

Three teenagers were arrested by St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies early Thursday morning (March 14) following a high speed chase in a stolen car.  Those same three teenagers confessed to numerous vehicle burglaries that occurred earlier this week.  Shortly after 1:45 a.m. Thursday, STPSO deputies were responding to a report of a vehicle burglary in progress in the Greenleaves subdivision near Mandeville, when they observed a suspicious vehicle without a…
Mar12

STPSO Employee Arrested for Drug Law Violations

A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office employee was arrested today (March 12) following a criminal investigation by the STPSO. Terry D. Cederholm II (DOB 01/24/1983), a patrol deputy for the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Patrol Division, was arrested on a warrant that was issued through the 22ND Judicial Court on Tuesday morning (March 12).  Cedarholm’s employment with the Sheriff’s Office was immediately terminated. Cederholm was initially hired to work…
Mar11

STPSO Investigating Gunfire Behind Slidell-area Business

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating an incident that occurred shortly after midnight on Monday, March 11. STPSO deputies were dispatched to the area behind a business on Salmen Street in reference to reports of gunfire. STPSO deputies were able to collect the necessary physical evidence to support that shots had been fired at the location.  All subjects had left the scene before deputies arrived, but no one…
Mar08

STPSO K9 Echo to Reign Again as Mardi Paws Canine Grand Marshal

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s K9 Echo has been named 2019 Canine Grand Marshal for the Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws. The Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws will celebrate all things Comic Book Culture at its 25th annual parade, taking place along the Mandeville Lakefront on Sunday, March 10 at 2 p.m. K9 Echo is a 3-year-old female Labrador trained in narcotic detection assigned to the STPSO Highway Enforcement Unit. The…
Mar08

Biloxi Man Wanted for Float Theft

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has obtained an arrest warrant for a Biloxi, Mississippi, man wanted in connection with the felony theft of a Mardi Gras float from the Covington area. The float was stolen from the Lions Club shortly before 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 3. The Sheriff’s Office received a report on Monday (March 4) that a 25-foot-long float, being stored with several others on the premises…
Mar06

Sheriff Randy Smith Reports the Conclusion of a Safe Mardi Gras Season on the Northshore

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies assisted in working 19 parades this Carnival season. This included one in Washington Parish, where deputies assisted Bogalusa Police Department with the Krewe of MCCA parade.   STPSO deputies worked together with our municipal law enforcement agencies to maintain order and provide crowd and traffic control along parade routes in Slidell, Mandeville, Covington, Folsom, Abita Springs, Bush and Madisonville.  Sheriff Smith is pleased to report…
Feb27

Alabama Man Arrested on His Way to Court in Stolen Car

A man recently released from jail and expected to appear in court Wednesday (Feb. 27) was rearrested this morning after he was spotted driving a stolen vehicle. Wednesday (Feb. 27) at approximately 8:30 a.m., deputies observed a stolen Honda Accord headed west on Interstate 12, and a pursuit ensued. The vehicle exited the interstate at Highway 21 near Covington and turned onto Pinnacle Parkway, traveling against the flow of traffic. …
Feb26

STPSO Investigating Gunfire in Abita Nursery Subdivision

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating an incident that occurred Monday evening (Feb. 25) involving reported gunfire in the Abita Nursery Subdivision. Shortly before 4:00 p.m. Monday, STPSO deputies were dispatched to the area in reference to reports of gunfire. Deputies responded to the intersection of Success Street and Pansy Street, and STPSO investigators and crime lab technicians were able to collect the necessary physical evidence to support…
Feb20

Traffic Stop Results in Fugitive Arrest

A late night traffic stop near Madisonville resulted in the arrest of an Albany man and the recovery of a stolen pickup truck. Shortly after 11:00 p.m. Tuesday night (Feb. 19), a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputy, who was patrolling in the area of Louisiana Highway 22 near Madisonville, conducted a traffic stop on a white Dodge Ram 1500. The vehicle had been reported stolen out of Livingston Parish.  A…
Feb13

STPSO Investigating Armed Robbery at Slidell-area Gas Station

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for two men who robbed a Slidell-area gas station early Wednesday morning (Feb. 13). Shortly before 5:30 a.m., two black males entered a gas station on Voters Road in the Slidell area. Both men were wearing clothing that partially blocked their faces. They were armed with handguns and demanded money from the cashier.   The men fled on foot with an undisclosed…
Feb13

STPSO Float Gives Parade-goers Chance to Donate Beads to STARC

Sheriff Randy Smith will partner once again this Carnival season with STARC to collect beads during local Mardi Gras parades. Look for the STPSO float at the end of the following parades for a chance to throw your unwanted beads back to benefit STARC:   Krewe of Poseidon Feb. 16 in Slidell Krewe of Pearl River Lions Club Feb. 17 in Pearl River Krewe of Eve Feb. 22 in Mandeville Krewe…
Feb06

Two Arrested After Vehicle Pursuit and Scuffle with Deputies

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Mandeville woman and her male passenger just after midnight on Wednesday (Feb 6) after a brief pursuit and scuffle with deputies. Shortly before midnight on Tuesday (Feb 5) a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputy observed a Honda Civic travelling east on Holiday Boulevard in the westbound lanes of travel and attempted to make a traffic stop.  The suspect vehicle fled, but not before…
Feb05

Lacombe Man Arrested After Firing Upon Another Motorist

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives located an arsenal of weapons inside a Lacombe-area home while investigating a suspicious motorist Tuesday (Feb. 5). Deputies were contacted shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday morning by a motorist on eastbound Interstate 12 after he observed a driver with at least two guns on or near his person. The vehicle in question exited the interstate onto southbound Highway 434 and drove a short distance before…
Feb04

Slidell Man Wanted Following Sunday Night Shooting

**Update** Angelo “Lo” Roman Lafitte was taken into custody by STPSO detectives in Slidell Tuesday afternoon without incident. Lafitte will be transported to the St. Tammany Parish Jail, where he will be booked on the charges listed below.  “I applaud the detectives who tirelessly worked this case and successfully took this very dangerous individual off our streets within 48 hours of the crime being reported. Our prayers go out to…
Jan23

Human Remains Found Near Slidell

What appeared to be human remains were discovered by a Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD) work crew Tuesday (January 22) adjacent to Interstate 10 near Slidell. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to an area near I-10 between Gause Boulevard and the I-10/I-12/I-59 split at approximately 10:15 a.m. Tuesday in response to a badly decomposed human body being located under an interstate bridge.  Workers with LADOTD were…
Jan23

Two Arrested, Two Sought in String of Vehicle Burglaries

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has identified four subjects responsible for a recent string of vehicle burglaries that occurred on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in the Madisonville/Covington area, two of which are in custody at this time. All four suspects are from the Hammond area. At least 18 unlocked vehicles were burglarized on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning in the subdivisions of Shady Oaks, Myrtle Grove, Beau Arbre,…
Jan16

STPSO Releases 2018 Crime Stats

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office today (Jan. 16) released the 2018 crime statistics for unincorporated St. Tammany, showing a continued decrease in crime and a continued above average solve rate.  Crime is down in unincorporated St. Tammany, including homicides. In early 2018, Sheriff Randy Smith reported crime stats for 2017, which included 17 homicides. This was the first year since 2007 for the parish to see a homicide rate…
Jan09

Arrests Made for Vehicle Burglaries at Slidell-area Condo Complex

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies arrested three individuals after they were caught burglarizing vehicles Tuesday morning (Jan. 8) at a condominium complex near Slidell. Deputies were dispatched to a condominium complex located off Airport Rd. in Slidell, shortly after 4:30 a.m. after a resident called to report his vehicles had been burglarized and he had seen suspicious individuals walking around the neighborhood. Upon arrival, deputies established a perimeter around the…
Jan07

Man Arrested for Aggravated Burglary After Incident at Slidell-area Motel

A man was arrested Sunday (Jan. 6) after he robbed and battered his ex-girlfriend in a Slidell-area motel room before fleeing from authorities. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a motel on Yaupon Drive in Slidell shortly before 1 p.m. Sunday after a female occupant reported her ex-boyfriend, Kevin Martin (DOB 12/9/1996), had forced his way into her room, battered her and stole her wallet, which contained an…
Jan04

Drugs, Money Located During Search of Slidell-area Apartment

Members of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force have arrested two individuals after a large amount of drugs and money were located at a Slidell-area apartment.   As part of an investigation that began with a citizen tip, task force members conducted a search warrant at an apartment on Brownswitch Road Thursday (Jan. 3) evening.   While searching the residence, detectives located and seized approximately seven and a…
Jan02

Man Arrested After Illegally Discharging Firearm from Moving Vehicle

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a Denham Springs man after he fired a weapon from a moving vehicle on Saturday.  At approximately 1:00 p.m. (Dec. 29) St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies received a complaint of an individual driving a red, Toyota pickup truck observed discharging multiple rounds from a firearm, into the air, while driving east along Interstate 12 near Covington.  St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies quickly intercepted…
Dec26

Slidell Man Arrested for Armed Robbery

A Slidell man was arrested over the holiday weekend after he robbed another man at gunpoint at an apartment on Browns Village Road. The victim flagged down a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputy shortly after 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 to report that he had just been robbed.  He told the deputy he had had made arrangements to meet up with an acquaintance at an apartment off Browns Village Road…
Dec19

Livingston Work Release Inmate Arrested for Home Invasion in St. Tammany

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were called Tuesday afternoon to the area of East Elm Street in Lacombe, LA after a woman’s estranged husband forced his way into a residence where she and her child were staying. Shortly before 2:30 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 18), Keith Bickham (DOB 7/28/1985) arrived at a Lacombe-area home where he forced his way inside of a residence and pushed the victim to the floor.  Bickham…
Dec18

Man Robbed at Gunpoint after Meeting Woman from Online Dating Site

Two people are behind bars after they used an online dating site to set up a meeting and then robbed a man near Slidell earlier this month. Heather Tuttle (DOB 5/01/1986) of Slidell and Michael Smith (DOB 11/13/1983) of Sumrall, MS, have been arrested on warrants for one count each of L.R.S. 14:64 Armed Robbery and L.R.S. 14:70.4 Access Device Fraud following an armed robbery that occurred the morning of…
Dec18

Slidell Man Arrested for Robbery that Occurred at Lacombe Residence

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Slidell man in connection with an armed robbery that occurred earlier this month in the Lacombe area. Jonathan Joseph Gabriel (DOB 11/15/ 1977) of Slidell was arrested by STPSO Detectives late December 17 at the Slidell Police Department, where he was being questioned on a separate armed robbery that occurred in their jurisdiction. While in the custody of Slidell Police, Gabriel…
Dec13

Heroin Seized During St. Tammany Traffic Stop

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office seized approximately 8.6 pounds of black tar heroin during a traffic stop this week. On Wednesday (Dec. 12) members of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Highway Enforcement Unit conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling into St. Tammany Parish after observing the driver commit a traffic violation.   The driver of the vehicle identified as Gabriela Gonzalez (DOB 06/14/1979) of Houston, and…
Dec12

Juveniles Arrested for Burglarizing Vehicles in Madisonville Area

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested four juveniles in connection with a string of vehicle burglaries that occurred last month in the Madisonville area. Several unlocked vehicles were burglarized during the month of November in the subdivisions of Kathman Acres, Village at Bocage, Twin Pines and Fairfield Oaks. On Dec. 6, detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division arrested three Madisonville-area juveniles in connection with those burglaries. The three…
Dec12

STPSO Now Dispatching for Covington Police

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith and Interim Covington Police Chief Stephen Culotta announced that beginning today (Dec. 12) all 911 calls made to Covington Police will be answered and handled by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Communications Division. In an effort to improve efficiency and reduce the duplication of services, STPSO dispatchers, in addition to answering calls originating from unincorporated St. Tammany Parish, will now answer calls originating from…
Dec10

Arrest Made in Slidell-area Hit and Run

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Slidell man in a hit and run incident that occurred Friday evening. At approximately 8 p.m. Friday (Dec. 7) STPSO deputies were dispatched to the area of Airport Road and Tiara Drive in Slidell in reference to a man who had been struck by a vehicle. Responding deputies located an unresponsive male laying on the shoulder of the roadway. He was…
Dec10

Missing boy located

With the assistance of other agencies and the public, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office have located a missing 10-year-old boy. Nicholas Olano Jr. was reported missing the evening of Saturday, Dec. 8, after he ran away from a facility in the Mandeville area. STPSO deputies began immediately searching the area. That search included the use of the STPSO helicopter, Louisiana State Police helicopter, STPSO K-9s, K-9s from B.B. Rayburn…
Dec04

STPSO Seizes $367,680 During Traffic Stop

      The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office seized $367,680 in drug money during a traffic stop over the weekend.  On Saturday (Dec. 1) members of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Highway Enforcement Unit conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling into St. Tammany Parish.    With the assistance of K-9 Echo, deputies searched the vehicle and discovered a hidden compartment built into the floor.   Located inside the…
Nov30

Acadian Ambulance Donates K-9 Trauma Kits to STPSO

Acadian Ambulance Service has donated seven K-9 field trauma kits to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.    The trauma kits will help handlers provide first aid to their K-9 partners, in case of any immediate medical emergencies they may encounter while on duty.   Each kit comes in a tactical-style bag that can be attached to the handler’s uniform and contains dual purpose items that can be used to treat…
Nov30

Mississippi Man Arrested After Cutting Cousin During Altercation

A Mississippi man was arrested Thursday (Nov. 29) after he cut his cousin with a knife while the two were passengers in a vehicle that was travelling in the Covington area. The driver of the vehicle called 911 shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday to report one of her passengers was injured during an altercation that occurred inside her vehicle while she was merging onto Interstate 12 from U.S. Highway 190.…
Nov29

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith States “We Cleaned Up Quite a Mess”

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith States “We Cleaned Up Quite a Mess” Referring to Past Practices  Revealed in Federal Charges of Former Deputies Under Jack Strain In the aftermath of two former St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies being charged federally, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith made known his ill-feelings toward practices in the department that he ended. Said Smith, “We cleaned up quite a mess.  St. Tammany taxpayers…
Nov27

Narcotics, Guns Located During Search at Slidell-area Home

A Slidell-area couple was arrested on a long list of charges after narcotics and firearms were located when their home was searched as part of an ongoing investigation. Detectives assigned to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant last month at a residence on Shockley Drive in the Slidell area. While searching the home, detectives discovered a wide array of illegal narcotics, including 19…
Nov21

STPSO Kicks off Safe Ride Home Program for Holiday Season

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office will again this year help ensure residents make it home safely during the holiday season with the start of their Safe Ride Home program. Residents who are too intoxicated to drive and do not have a designated driver or are unable to arrange for a ride home, can call the STPSO at 985-898-2338 to request a ride from a deputy, without cost or penalty.…
Nov13

STPSO and OHN Announce Cost-Saving HealthCare Partnership Blue Connect Product Launched November 1

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office (STPSO) and Ochsner Health Network (OHN) are pleased to announce the launch of the Blue Connect Network for STPSO employees. OHN and STPSO developed a partnership that reduces healthcare costs for services sought at Ochsner Health System (OHS) facilities, including its partner hospitals, Slidell Memorial Hospital (SMH) and St. Tammany Parish Hospital (STPH). STPSO is reinvesting savings garnered through the partnership to offset the cost of healthcare for employee dependents and to support…
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