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.
Jan22

STPSO Investigating Catalytic Converter Thefts

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a series of thefts involving catalytic converters, which have occurred over the past month. Since December 19, the STPSO has taken reports of eight catalytic converters or other exhaust-related parts being stolen from parked vehicles at businesses in West St. Tammany.  In addition, there was one attempted theft of a catalytic converter reported from a local vehicle dealership. Anyone with information…
Jan16

Slidell Caregiver Arrested

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Slidell caregiver after it was discovered she has been stealing from two of the people she was hired to care for, and detectives are looking for other potential victims. Rosalin Harrison (DOB 12-14-1959) was arrested Wednesday (January 15) on arrest warrants for two count of L.R.S. 14:93.4.A(1) Exploitation of Persons with Infirmities and 10 counts of L.R.S. 14:71.1 Bank Fraud. Harrison,…
Jan15

STPSO Releases 2019 Crime Statistics

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith today (Jan. 15) released the 2019 crime statistics for unincorporated St. Tammany. The agency once again reported a clearance rate for violent crimes that is nearly twice the national average and a clearance rate for non-violent crimes that is more than two and a half times the national average. Sheriff Smith said this is a testament to the agency as a whole’s determination to…
Jan10

UPDATED: STPSO Working Covington-area Homicide

***Update ***     A 28-year-old man is behind bars Friday (January 10) after he stabbed and killed his father in a Covington-area neighborhood.   Shortly before 6:15 a.m., St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 300 block of Memphis Trace, located in the Natchez Trace Subdivision, in reference to a domestic disturbance between a father and his son.   Responding deputies located the victim, 58-year-old Jose Amaya,…
Jan03

Two Arrested, One Sought in Connection with Slidell-area Burglaries

  The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested two Slidell-area brothers and have issued warrants for the arrest of their stepbrother in connection with numerous residential burglaries that occurred in 2019 in the Slidell area. William Lockard Jr. (DOB 7/16/1971) and Maurice “Mafia Bay Loc” Lockard (3/27/1973) have both been booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on multiple felony charges, and detectives have issued numerous warrants for the…
Jan02

STPSO Investigating Slidell-area Shooting

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Slidell-area man following a shooting that occurred early Thursday morning at a residence in the 200 block of East Queens Drive near Slidell. Shortly after 2 a.m. on Thursday (January 2), a representative from at a local-area hospital contacted the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office in reference to a man who was dropped off at the hospital’s emergency room with a…
Dec31

STPSO Investigating Fatal Vehicle Crash

At approximately 5:45 a.m. (Dec. 31) St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the area of Lowe Davis Rd. near Abita Springs, to investigate a single vehicle crash that has resulted in a fatality. The preliminary investigation by deputies revealed the single-vehicle crash occurred as a Ford F-350 truck was traveling eastbound on Lowe Davis Road when for unknown reasons the driver failed to negotiate a curve in the…
Dec25

STPSO Working a Homicide in the Madisonville Area

***UPDATE*** The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s has arrested Harry Cleland (DOB 3/7/1962) for L.R.S. 14:31 Manslaughter in connection with an incident that occurred at a Madisonville-area residence Christmas night.   The initial investigation into the below incident, revealed that Cleland and the deceased were involved in a romantic relationship and had been fighting. The argument escalated and at some point during their altercation Wednesday (December 25) evening, Cleland armed himself with…
Dec24

STPSO Deputies Respond to Incident at Slidell-area Home Christmas Eve Morning

Christmas Eve morning, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies responded to a Slidell-area residence following a domestic disturbance that ultimately left one man dead and his son injured.  At approximately 8:15 a.m. Tuesday (December 24), deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 300 block of Dockside Drive in Slidell in reference to reports of shots being fired.   Once on scene, deputies learned a 53-year-old man had punched his 51-year-old wife…
Dec23

Mandeville Man Arrested for Stealing High School Band Instruments

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a Mandeville-area man Monday (December 23) in connection with a theft that occurred at a local-area high school. STPSO deputies were dispatched to a Mandeville-area high school on December 13 when administrators arrived and noticed a glass door leading to the school band room had been shattered and three students’ instruments had been taken. Using surveillance video at the school and information obtained…
Dec20

Slidell Man Arrested After Man Shot During Scuffle

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Slidell man after he shot another man during a scuffle Thursday (December 19) afternoon. Shortly before 1 p.m. Thursday, an individual was dropped off at residence on Jay Street near Slidell.  That man and the homeowner, John Couvilier (DOB 1/14/1992), got into an altercation and Couvilier produced a gun. While the two men were fighting over the weapon, the victim, a…
Dec18

Sheriff Randy Smith Reminds Residents to Lock Their Vehicle Doors

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith is reminding citizens to lock their car doors this holiday season. With all of the excitement of the holiday season it is easy to forget there are thieves out there waiting to prey on individuals who have let their guard down.   Early Wednesday morning (December 18), STPSO deputies were dispatched to the Eden Isles area of Slidell in reference to two individuals dressed…
Dec13

Multiple DWI Checkpoints Planned During Holiday Season

Deputies from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct multiple DWI checkpoints between now and the end of the year at undisclosed locations in St. Tammany Parish. The checkpoints are part of the ongoing, proactive “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign to combat impaired driving. The manpower for this initiative is funded by a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. “As always, the Sheriff’s Office will be…
Dec10

Lacombe Man Arrested In Connection With Woman’s Death

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Lacombe man following a death that occurred at his residence earlier this year.   John Jacob Jenkins was arrested this morning at his place of employment and was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on one count of L.R.S. 14:30.1 Second-Degree Murder and one count of L.R.S. 14:89.3 Sexual Abuse of an Animal.    Shortly before noon on Oct. 7,…
Dec06

STPSO Investigating Hit And Run Crash

**Update**   In the early morning hours of Saturday (Dec. 7), the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified that an individual, later identified as Joel Evans Cairns (DOB 6/19/1988), wished to surrender himself to deputies in reference to the hit and run crash being actively investigated by the STPSO. Cairns, a Mandeville-area resident, was taken into custody without incident and later booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on the…
Nov26

Deputies Respond to Covington-area Fatal Crash

Shortly before 7 p.m. Monday night (Nov. 25), St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies responded to a two-vehicle crash on West Frontage Road near Fairway Drive in the Covington area. The preliminary investigation by STPSO deputies revealed that a 2016 Hyundai Elantra was headed southbound on West Frontage Road when for unknown reasons, the driver failed to negotiate a curve and traveled into the northbound lane, striking a 2014 Ford Explorer.…
Nov25

Three Arrested, More Sought in Armed Robbery

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested three individuals and are looking to identify and arrest more following an incident that occurred late Thursday night (November 21) in the Tammany Hills area near Covington. Shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday, deputies responded to the area of Sixth Street and Henry Clay Avenue near Covington in reference to a report of an armed robbery. The victim had been lured to that…
Nov19

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 a $194,230 grant 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…
Nov19

Two Slidell Residents Arrested for Manufacturing Counterfeit Money

    The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested two Slidell residents after it was learned they were manufacturing counterfeit currency. On Oct. 2, detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office were executing a search warrant at a residence on Ninth Street in Slidell when they found counterfeit money, as well as computers and other equipment utilized to manufacture the fake money.   Kenyatta Meads and Lynn Pommier were arrested and booked…
Nov15

Suspect Sought in Slidell-area Shooting

UPDATE: James Salvant (DOB 1/23/2000) surrendered himself at the St. Tammany Parish Jail Wednesday night (November 20) and was taken into custody and booked on one count of L.R.S. 14:94 Illegal Use of a Firearm and four counts of L.R.S. 14:37.4 Aggravated Assault with a Firearm.   The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for a Slidell man in connection with a shooting that occurred Thursday evening near Slidell. Shortly after…
Nov15

Man Wanted for Second-degree Murder Taken Into Custody

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives, working together with members of the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Apprehension Task Force, located and arrested a man wanted for second-degree murder, Friday afternoon. A warrant was issued last week for the arrest of Tony Smith (DOB 4/6/1988) following a grand jury indictment.  STPSO detectives have been working with their counterparts with the U.S. Marshal’s Service to locate Smith. Shortly before 2 p.m. Friday (Nov. 15)…
Nov15

STPSO Investigating Reports of Shots Fired Near Slidell

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating reports of a shooting that occurred Thursday (November 14) night in the Slidell area. Shortly after 7:45 p.m. Thursday, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office received numerous calls from residents reporting potential gunshots in the area of Coast Boulevard in Slidell.   One vehicle was struck multiple times, and while fleeing the area, that vehicle hit another vehicle, resulting in a crash…
Nov13

Woman Wanted for Slidell Burglary Tied to Multi-state Crime Spree

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives have tied a vehicle burglary that occurred in the Slidell area earlier this year to a couple wanted for similar crimes in other states. On September 24, STPSO deputies responded to a vehicle burglary that occurred at a Slidell-area preschool. The thieves used the victim’s stolen driver’s license to cash checks in the Slidell and Ocean Springs, Mississippi areas and to rent a vehicle…
Oct30

Covington-area Man Arrested for Attempted Murder After Pointing Gun at Wrong Guy

A Covington-area man was arrested Tuesday for Attempted Second Degree Murder after he confronted the wrong man with a firearm at a gas station in Bush.   At approximately 10:30 a.m. Tuesday (October 29), St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a gas station on Highway 21 in Bush after a male subject followed another motorist to the location and pointed a gun at him.   Deputies learned that Wendell…
Oct29

STPSO Announces Two New Ways it is Helping Parents Protect Their Children from Predators

At a press conference Tuesday afternoon (October 29), St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith announced two new ways the agency is helping parents protect their children from child predators. This Halloween, signs will be placed in the yards of 160 of the parish’s registered sex offenders, warning parents not to let their children trick-or-treat there. The 160 high-risk offenders were chosen from the more than 400 tracked by the St.…
Oct29

Two Arrested Following Slidell-area Armed Robbery

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested two men following an armed robbery that occurred early Tuesday morning in the Slidell-area. Shortly before 5a.m.  Tuesday (Oct. 29), St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a convenience store on Pontchartrain Drive in Slidell after two men entered the store wearing orange ski masks and gloves.  One of the men was armed with a knife and demanded money. The men fled the…
Oct28

Letter to Media, Citizens Re: Nanette Krentel investigation and recent arrest of Jerry Rogers

  October 28, 2019     Peter Kovacs                                                                          Keith Esparros Editor, The Morning Advocate                                        …
Oct24

Arrests Made Following Shooting in Slidell

One man is dead and two more are behind bars after a convicted felon used an illegal firearm to defend himself against an armed man and his accomplice who showed up at his Slidell-area home attempting to take his child. Sometime after 1 a.m. Thursday (Oct. 24) Hakim Dumas (DOB 12/7/1978) got into a verbal altercation with his live-in girlfriend. The girlfriend left the residence and relocated to a family…
Oct24

STPSO Investigating Slidell-area Shooting

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that occurred overnight in the Slidell area. Shortly after 3 a.m. Thursday (Oct. 24), STPSO deputies were dispatched to a residence in the area of King’s Row in reference to a shooting.  One individual was fatally shot, and a second individual sustained a non-life threatening graze wound to his shoulder area.  At this time all parties involved are in custody,…
Oct23

Registered Sex Offender Arrested After Exposing Himself to Girl at Bus Stop

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a registered sex offender after he exposed himself to a 14-year-old girl at a Mandeville-area bus stop. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office received a report of an unidentified white male in a suspicious vehicle exposing himself and masturbating while attempting to talk with a juvenile while the girl was waiting for her bus during the morning hours of October 16. Pursuant…
Oct22

STPSO Participating in National Drug Take Back Initiative on Saturday

  This Saturday, October 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office will participate in a one-day collaborative effort with the Drug Enforcement Administration to remove unused and expired medications from homes and medicine cabinets. Bring your pills for disposal to the STPSO Administrative Building, 300 Brownswitch Road, in Slidell or the STPSO Law Enforcement Complex at 2070 Collins Blvd., in Covington. (The DEA cannot…
Oct21

High School Equivalency Diploma Graduation Ceremony Held at St. Tammany Parish Jail

Saturday (Oct. 19), 25 inmates at the St. Tammany Parish Jail traded their stripes for a cap and gown as they received their high school equivalency diplomas as part of the St. Tammany Parish Jail’s first graduation ceremony.   Family members looked on while these inmates, turned students, proudly walked across a makeshift stage after completing the necessary course work and passing the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET). Through a…
Oct17

Covington-area Man Arrested After Taking Photos of Men in Public Restrooms

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Covington-area man after he photographed/videoed men in local restrooms. Kyle Hanna, 24, of Covington was arrested Tuesday (Oct. 15) on a warrant for one count of L.R.S. 14:283 Video Voyeurism after a medical professional contacted the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office concerning Hanna taking photos/videos of men using restrooms at St. Tammany-area businesses. It does not appear the men knew they…
Oct17

Covington-area Man Arrested for First Degree Rape

A Covington-area man has been arrested after he raped his medically-handicapped neighbor. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office was contacted Wednesday night (Oct. 16) by family members after a mentally-handicapped Covington-area woman was lured into a neighbor’s residence and repeatedly raped. Joshua Brown, 24, was arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on one count of L.R.S. 14:42 First Degree Rape.
Oct14

Mandeville Man Arrested After Making Plans to Meet Teen for Sex

A Mandeville man has been arrested after he showed up at a residence looking to have sex with a 14-year-old girl. Shortly before 2:30 p.m. on Friday (Oct 11), St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies responded to a residence on Harry Lemons Road in Mandeville in reference to a man who was at the residence attempting to locate a teenage girl who he said told him to meet her there.  Bruce…
Oct11

Subjects from Mississippi Wanted for Thefts in St. Tammany

Two Mississippi residents are wanted by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office for theft, bank fraud and vehicle burglary. On Monday, September 30, two subjects entered several local fitness clubs and stole personal items and vehicle keys from multiple victims’ lockers.  The two subjects then burglarized some of the victims’ vehicles in the parking lot of the fitness clubs and made fraudulent charges with victims’ credit cards. Following a social…
Oct11

Elderly Man Dies after Vehicle Found Submerged at Boat Launch

An elderly man has died after a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputy discovered a vehicle submerged at a boat launch in the Lacombe area Friday morning (October 11). An STPSO deputy was conducting a routine patrol at the Main Street Boat Launch shortly after 8:00 a.m. when he observed what appeared to be the roof of a vehicle submerged in the water.  Members of the STPSO Marine Division, the STPSO…
Oct11

Elderly Man Dies after Vehicle Found Submerged at Boat Launch

An elderly man has died after a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputy discovered a vehicle submerged at a boat launch in the Lacombe area Friday morning (October 11). An STPSO deputy was conducting a routine patrol at the Main Street Boat Launch shortly after 8:00 a.m. when he observed what appeared to be the roof of a vehicle submerged in the water.  Members of the STPSO Marine Division, the STPSO…
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