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.
Jun24

STPSO Deputies Recover Body of 14-year-old Boy from East Pearl River

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies recovered the body of a 14-year-old Slidell-area boy late Sunday night (June 23) in the East Pearl River.  Shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Marine Division and Dive Team were dispatched to the East Pearl River near I-10 in reference to a juvenile that had gone into the water and had not resurfaced.  The 14-year-old boy was boating with family…
Jun12

Slidell-area Man Arrested on Attempted Rape, Burglary Charges

A Slidell-area man was arrested Tuesday (June 11) after he forced his way into his ex-girlfriend’s residence and attempted to rape her. Shortly before 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jonathan Lewis (DOB 7/28/1995) arrived at his ex-girlfriend’s residence in Lacombe and requested to be let inside. When she refused, Lewis forced his way through the front door. He then attempted to rape her. The victim was able to escape and drive…
Jun12

STPSO FY2020 Budget to Include Pay Increase

Thanks to conservative spending and careful planning, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith will be able to provide a cost of living and merit raise for all employees again this coming fiscal year.  Sheriff Smith is in the final phases of preparing the agency’s budget for fiscal year 2020, which will begin on July 1, 2019. The proposed 2020 fiscal budget includes a 3.75% pay increase for employees. This includes…
Jun12

STPSO FY2020 Budget to Include Pay Increase

Thanks to conservative spending and careful planning, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith will be able to provide a cost of living and merit raise for all employees again this coming fiscal year.  Sheriff Smith is in the final phases of preparing the agency’s budget for fiscal year 2020, which will begin on July 1, 2019. The proposed 2020 fiscal budget includes a 3.75% pay increase for employees. This includes…
Jun07

STPSO Investigating Stabbing

***STPSO Investigating Stabbing*** The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating a stabbing that occurred outside of a Covington-area fast food restaurant Thursday (June 6) night. STPSO deputies were responded to a fast food restaurant off Highway 1077 near Covington in reference to a stabbing that occurred during an altercation in the parking lot. The victim, who sustained multiple stab wounds, was transported to a local area hospital. The…
Jun06

Arrest Made After STPSO Deputies Respond to Report of Gunshots

An 18-year-old Abita Springs man has been arrested after St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies responded to shots being fired in a Covington-area neighborhood Wednesday afternoon (June 5). Shortly before 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the area of Slemmer Road south of Covington in response to a fight involving multiple subjects and gunshots being heard. It was learned that a group of individuals had gathered…
Jun06

Man Wanted for Sex Crimes out of Texas Located in Covington

A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office detective, who is assigned to the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Apprehension Task Force, assisted Wednesday evening (June 5) in the apprehension of a man wanted for sex crimes out of Texas. The arrested subject, Steven Maurice Goff, (DOB 8/15/1982) was wanted by the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office on their charge of Sexual Performance by a Child. Members of the Task Force located Goff at a…
Jun06

Man Wanted for New Orleans Murder Located in Covington

A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office detective, who is assigned to the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Apprehension Task Force, assisted Wednesday afternoon (June 5) in the apprehension of a man wanted in connection with a murder that occurred during a robbery in New Orleans. The arrested subject, Erin Paul Alonzo (DOB 4/6/1997), was wanted by the New Orleans Police Department for second-degree murder. Members of the Task Force made contact with…
May31

Heroin Located During Traffic Stop; South Carolina Couple Arrested

A traffic stop in St. Tammany Parish Friday morning (May 31) uncovers nearly nine ounces of heroin and a firearm and results in the arrest of a South Carolina couple. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies conducted a traffic stop at approximately 10:30 a.m. Friday on a black Volvo headed eastbound on Interstate 10 near the Interstate 12 interchange in Slidell. The vehicle was occupied by the driver, Antonio Fuller (DOB…
May30

Body Located on Train Tracks Near Slidell

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating what appears to be a fatal crash involving a train and a pedestrian in the Slidell area. At approximately 4 p.m. Thursday (May 30), representatives with the Norfolk Southern Railroad contacted law enforcement after a body was located on the tracks in the area between Bayou Liberty Road and Carr Drive.  The remains have been turned over to the St. Tammany…
May29

Pearl River Man Arrested for Narcotics Possession, Stolen Gun

A Pearl River man has been arrested after tips from the community led members of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force to his residence where narcotics and a stolen firearm were located Wednesday (May 29).  Members of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at the home of Gary Slaydon (DOB 9/28/1966) in the Pearl River area.  The search revealed numerous…
May22

Drug Trafficking Conspirators Arrested

Detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force and troopers from Louisiana State Police Region I Narcotics concluded a lengthy investigation Wednesday (May 22) with numerous search warrants and arrests being made related to a drug trafficking organization based out of Slidell.  Detectives and troopers identified the leaders of the organization as Jason Hotard and Kasey Johnson, along with their girlfriends Dawn Herbert and Turquoise Gillum.  The…
May19

STPSO Investigating Apparent Homicide

UPDATE:  The subsequent investigation into the shooting incident has resulted in arrest warrants being issued through the Twenty Second Judicial Court for Jules Johnson (5/20/1989) of Slidell.  Johnson is wanted on active warrants for LRS 14:30.1 (Second Degree Murder) and 14:95.1 (Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon).     Johnson should be considered armed and dangerous.  Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jules Johnson is asked to call…
May15

STPSO to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint this Weekend

Deputies from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct a sobriety checkpoint this weekend at an undisclosed location in St. Tammany Parish.    The manpower for this initiative is funded by a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.  “We hope these checkpoints serve as a deterrent to drinking and driving,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “We ask our citizens to please make responsible decisions. If you choose to consume alcohol,…
May02

STPSO Participating in Click It or Ticket Campaign

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the National Click It or Ticket campaign during the month of May.  As part of this national campaign, the STPSO will increase deputy patrols in neighborhoods and on our highways to conduct extra seat belt enforcement and checkpoints throughout the month.  The extra manpower is being provided for this initiative by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, which also helps fund extra…
Apr27

Arrest Made Following Slidell-area Homicide

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Pearl River-area man following a homicide that occurred late Friday night (April 26) in the River Gardens neighborhood near Slidell. At approximately 11:15 p.m. Friday night, STPSO deputies were dispatched to a residence on Pine Drive in Slidell in reference to an individual who had been shot. Responding deputies located a man lying in the driveway of the residence with an…
Apr26

UPDATE: Second Suspect Arrested in Folsom Armed Robbery

At approximately 6 a.m. on Thursday, April 25, an STPSO detective assigned to the U.S. Marshals Task Force located the second subject wanted in connection with an armed robbery that occurred in a rural area of Folsom on April 9. Steven Warren (DOB 08/23/95) was located at a Folsom-area residence and was taken into custody without incident. He was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on one count of L.R.S.…
Apr25

STPSO Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs on Saturday, April 27

This Saturday (April 27), the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office will participate in a one-day collaborative initiative with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to prevent pill abuse and theft by offering the public an opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous unused, unwanted and expired prescription drugs. Last fall Americans turned in nearly 460 tons (more than 900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by…
Apr23

Slidell Home Invasion Investigation Uncovers Prostitution Operation

  St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies uncovered a prostitution operation while investigating a reported home invasion that occurred earlier this month in the Slidell area. On April 17, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence on Cherry Street in Slidell in reference to a reported home invasion and attempted kidnapping. Upon arriving at the location, deputies found three Hispanic males in a vehicle outside the residence.  …
Apr22

Anonymous Tip Leads Detectives to Narcotics, Firearms in Slidell Residence

A tip from an anonymous citizen led members of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force to a Slidell-area residence where narcotics and numerous firearms were located Wednesday (April 17). One individual has been arrested and another is being sought in connection with the case. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force received an anonymous tip from a resident concerned about potential narcotics activity at a…
Apr16

Mandeville-area Man Arrested on Animal Cruelty Charge

A Mandeville-area man is facing an animal cruelty charge after he beat and stabbed a neighborhood dog. At approximately 5:45 p.m. Sunday (April 14), St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence on America Street near Mandeville in reference to a man beating a dog. Deputies learned that a boy was out selling candy in the neighborhood when a small dog that was properly restrained on a porch…
Apr16

Man Wanted in Texas for Fatal Hit and Run Located in Slidell

A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office detective, who is assigned to the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Apprehension Task Force, assisted Tuesday morning (April 16) in the apprehension of a man wanted in connection with a fatal hit and run out of Texas. The arrested subject, Jorge Granados (DOB 10/22/1996), was wanted on charges of Failure to Stop and Render Aid following a crash that killed 5-year-old girl on March 21 in Austin,…
Apr15

STPSO Looking for Man Following Residential Burglary in Folsom Area

UPDATE: At approximately 9:30 p.m. Monday night (April 15), the suspect, Dakota Cyprian (DOB 11/16/1993) of Folsom, was located by STPSO K9 Thor.  He was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated for a dog bite. Upon his release, he was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on the following charges:   L.R.S. 14:108.2 Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence (3 counts) L.R.S. 14:60 Aggravated Burglary with Battery L.R.S.…
Apr12

Mandeville Man Arrested on Multiple Counts of Criminal Damage

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Mandeville man after he broke windows out of and caused damage to several Covington/Mandeville area businesses and a family residence located in Mandeville. Late Saturday night (April 6) and into Sunday (April 7) and Monday (April 8), the STPSO received reports from multiple businesses located along Hwy. 190 in Covington, Hwy. 59 in Mandeville and a Mandeville resident, that an unknown…
Apr11

Second Suspect Sought in Armed Robbery

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for a second suspect after a 19-year-old was robbed at gunpoint in a rural area of Folsom, LA on Tuesday evening (April 9). The victim had made plans to meet up with an acquaintance, who he identified as Cameron Perry (DOB 4/18/2000) of Folsom, so the two could shoot guns. While the two were at the arranged location, a third individual got…
Apr10

Teens Arrested After Breaking into Alton-Area Business

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested two male juveniles after they broke into an Alton-area business early Tuesday morning.  Shortly after midnight on Tuesday morning (April 9) a 14-year-old and 16-year-old broke the front glass of a business on Highway 11 in Alton. During this incident, the duo stole more than $460 worth of cigarettes and tobacco products.  Shortly thereafter, the two teenagers were caught on surveillance, stealing an exterior camera and ice…
Apr10

STPSO to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint this Weekend

Deputies from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct a sobriety checkpoint this weekend at an undisclosed location in St. Tammany Parish.   The manpower for this initiative is funded by a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. “We hope these checkpoints serve as a deterrent to drinking and driving,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “We ask our citizens to please make responsible decisions. If you choose to consume…
Apr10

Slidell Couple Arrested

Update:  After the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office made a ruling on the manner of death in this case, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Investigators upgraded the charges on Kevin Scott (DOB 6/25/1990) and Samantha Hotard (DOB 5/11/1991) to L.R.S 14:30.1 Second Degree Murder. Both Scott and Hotard remain incarcerated in the St. Tammany Parish Jail.           The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Slidell-area…
Apr08

Local Teens Arrested Following Armed Robbery

Two area teenagers are behind bars after they robbed another teenager at gunpoint Saturday (April 6) evening near the Tammany Hills Subdivision. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested Blayne Bedford (DOB 8/13/2001) of Covington and Caleb Wood (DOB 7/26/2000) of Bush. Both have been booked into the St. Tammany Parish on the following charges: L.R.S. 14:64      Armed Robbery (FELONY) L.R.S. 14:64.3  Armed Robbery with a Firearm  The victim, a 17-year-old…
Apr04

Man Robbed in Retaliation for Selling ‘Bad Drugs’

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested two people this week after they forced their way into a Folsom area home shortly after midnight Monday morning (April 1) and robbed and pistol whipped a man. They told detectives the robbery was in retaliation after the man sold them bad drugs. Alexis Walker (DOB 12/29/1999) of Madisonville and Kristopher Wild (DOB 6/17/1996) of Covington forced their way into a home on…
Mar28

Covington-area Woman Arrested After Striking Pedestrian

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Covington-area woman following an incident that occurred Thursday morning in a neighborhood off Three Rivers Road in Covington. Shortly after 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning, STPSO deputies were dispatched to the 18000 block of Derbes Drive in reference to a vehicle striking a pedestrian. Courtney McMahon (D.O.B. 08/23/1979) was driving her 2000 Dodge Caravan on Derbes Drive when the van struck a…
Mar26

Sheriff Urges Residents to Lock Vehicle Doors After Rash of Burglaries

**Update** Arrest warrants have been issued for four individuals in connection with a recent rash of vehicle burglaries reported in March, in western St. Tammany Parish. Detectives linked the same four individuals to these crimes and also to two vehicle thefts from driveways in the Emerald Creek Subdivision and off of Saw Grass Loop, near Covington. The stolen vehicles were later recovered in Tangipahoa Parish on separates days.  The vehicles were found…
Mar25

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Presents STPSO with Grant

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has awarded a $2,300 grant to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office. The money will be used by the Training Division to purchase necessary equipment for first aid and CPR training. All STPSO employees are required to maintain American Heart Association first aid and CPR certification. Using this grant, the STPSO Training Division will be able to acquire eight new American Heart Association compliant CPR…
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…
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