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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Mar11

Sheriff Smith presents State of the Agency Report

Sheriff Randy Smith invites St. Tammany Parish residents and business owners to view the 2021 St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office State of the Agency Report.
Dec01

STPSO Receives National Award for Budget Book

Sheriff Randy Smith is pleased to announce the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by the Government Finance Officers Association. The national award represents a significant achievement by the agency and reflects the commitment of the agency and its staff to meeting the highest principles of government budgeting.  In order to receive the budget award, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office had to satisfy…
Nov29

STPSO Asked for Public’s Help Following Fatal Shooting

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help following a shooting which occurred late Monday (November 28) night in the Slidell area. At approximately midnight Monday night, STPSO deputies responded to the 100 block of Northwood Drive in response to reports of gunshots being heard. Responding deputies located a car which had crashed into a parked pickup truck.  The driver of the car had sustained what…
Nov22

STPSO Holds Active Shooting Training

Preparing for the unthinkable, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office held an agency-wide Active Shooter Training this morning.   Sheriff Randy Smith took advantage of the Thanksgiving school break to hold the scenario-based training at Mayfield Elementary, but he stresses such training prepares the deputies for incidents at any business or building in the parish.   Deputies from multiple divisions participated in the training, with some playing the roles of the shooters…
Nov17

Sheriff Smith has Stepped Up Efforts to Combat Drug Sales in St. Tammany

Sheriff Randy Smith has dedicated extra resources and is proactively working toward getting drugs out of St. Tammany neighborhoods and arresting the individuals responsible for bringing them there.  Sheriff Smith said those efforts are paying off as is evident with the number of drug arrests being made and the large amounts of illegal drugs and firearms being recovered off the streets of St. Tammany. Sheriff Smith wants to commend the…
Nov16

Former Reserve Deputy Arrested for Domestic Violence

A former St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office reserve employee was arrested Tuesday (November 15) night for one count of Domestic Abuse Battery with Child Endangerment (felony). STPSO detectives were made aware of a complaint of domestic violence involving Paul Michael Hebert (DOB 11/08/84), a former deputy in the STPSO Reserve Division. Pursuant to investigation, it was determined Hebert struck his girlfriend, who he resided with, during an incident which occurred…
Nov08

STPSO Investigating Fatal Crash

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal crash which occurred Tuesday (Nov. 8) afternoon in Folsom. At approximately 4 p.m. Tuesday, STPSO deputies were dispatched at the request of the Folsom Police Department to investigate a vehicle crash which occurred on Highway 25 near Village Farms Lane. The preliminary investigation into the crash indicates a 2004 Mazda 6 was northbound on Highway 25 when for unknown reasons…
Oct30

STPSO Investigating Shooting Incident

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a shooting incident that occurred in the Tammany Hills area near Covington. Shortly before noon Sunday (October 30) STPSO deputies were dispatched to the intersection of Quincy Avenue and 9th Street in reference to an altercation, which involved a shooting. One victim was transported to a local hospital with what appears to be non-life-threatening injuries. Investigators are still on the scene…
Oct27

STPSO Participating in DEA Drug Take Back Day

This Saturday, October 29, 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 unused prescription drugs for disposal to the STPSO Administrative Building, 300 Brownswitch Road, in Slidell or the STPSO Law Enforcement Complex at 2070 Collins Blvd., in Covington. Tablets, capsules,…
Oct26

Court Rules in Favor of Sheriff Smith in ‘Whistleblower’ Lawsuit

Sheriff Randy Smith is pleased to learn the “whistleblower” lawsuit filed by former Chief Deputy Fred Oswald has been dismissed. Sheriff Smith was informed Tuesday (October 25) afternoon of the District Court’s favorable ruling. The court issued its reasons for judgment, in which it went through the myriad of factual allegations made by Oswald, ultimately rejecting all of them. The court further determined that despite Oswald’s allegations, there were no…
Oct25

Former St. Tammany Priest Arrested Again

A former priest has been arrested on an additional charge for molestation after a second victim came forward in St. Tammany Parish.   Recall in October 2020, Patrick Wattigny was arrested on molestation charges after it was learned he had sexually abused a minor in 2013 while serving as pastor of a Slidell-area church.   In August 2022, a second victim contacted the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and disclosed sexual abuse…
Oct21

STPSO Awarded Highway Safety Grant

As an ongoing commitment to keeping our roadways safe in St. Tammany Parish, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has been awarded a $178,750 grant by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission for the 2023 fiscal year. The money will be used throughout the year to fund extra patrols to enforce seat belt, speeding and DWI laws and to conduct operations aimed at preventing underage drinking.  “Our goal is to raise…
Oct20

Court of Appeals Upholds Ruling in Favor of STPSO

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith is pleased after the Court of Appeal upheld a lower court’s ruling in favor of the agency in regard to a lawsuit filed by a former employee. Calvin Lewis, a former captain with the agency, was terminated in May 2017 following an internal affairs investigation which confirmed he had violated agency policy. In May 2018, Lewis filed suit against Sheriff Smith and the St. Tammany…
Oct18

STPSO Investigating Apparent Murder/Suicide

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating an apparent murder/suicide which occurred Tuesday (October 18) morning at a residence in the 700 block of Lane Street near Mandeville. At approximately 8:30 am. Tuesday, a woman called 911 and told an STPSO dispatcher she had just shot her daughter and that she was going to shoot herself.  The dispatcher then heard what appeared to be a gunshot.  Deputies were dispatched…
Oct17

Arrest Made Following Slidell-area Home Invasion

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Slidell man after he barged into a neighbor’s residence while armed with a knife. At approximately 4 a.m. Monday (October 17) STPSO deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 1000 block of Clarise Court near Slidell in reference to a home invasion. Responding deputies learned John Holland (DOB 10/16/76) had arrived at the residence and when one of the residents…
Oct15

STPSO Investigating Fatal Crash

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal crash which occurred Saturday (October 15) evening near Folsom. Shortly before 4:45 p.m.  Saturday, a man driving a Utility Terrain Vehicles (side-by-side) was struck by a 2500 Dodge pickup truck on Willie Road (formerly Hwy 1077) near the intersection of Richards Road. The preliminary investigation into the crash indicates the driver of the UTV was attempting to make a U-turn when…
Oct07

Victim Identified in St. Tammany Cold Case

In working with their partners with the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office DNA Lab and the DNA Doe Project, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives have positively identified the victim in a 2016 homicide investigation. In July 2016, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified by a passerby of a badly decomposed body, which was found on Highway 90, just east of the intersection of Highway 433. Both of the…
Oct07

Unidentified Man Arrested After Caught Burglarizing Local Business

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies have arrested an unidentified man who was caught in the act while burglarizing a Mandeville-area business. Shortly before 4:30 a.m. Friday (October 7) morning, STPSO deputies were dispatched to a business in the 4900 block of Louisiana Highway 22 near Mandeville in reference to a burglary in progress. When deputies arrived, they observed a man inside the business using power tools in an attempt to…
Oct06

Lee Road Student Arrested for Menacing

A Lee Road-area girl was arrested Thursday (October 6) on a misdemeanor menacing charge after telling classmates she was going to bring a gun to school and shoot another classmate. Deputies with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office became aware of the incident after a parent of one of the classmates contacted school administrators. The 10-year-old Lee Road Junior High student was issued a summons for L.R.S. 40:1B Menacing (misdemeanor).…
Oct05

Missing Lacombe Man Found Deceased

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has recovered the body of a missing Lacombe man following an exhaustive search. Around midday Wednesday (October 5), deputies with the STPSO Operations Division located Christopher “Turk” Batiste, deceased, deep in the woods near Barringer Road. The body was turned over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office for a determination of cause and manner of death. However, foul play is not suspected. Batiste,…
Oct03

Teen Arrested After Telling Classmate He Planned to ‘Blow the School Up’

A Mandeville-area boy has been arrested on a Menacing charge after admitting he told another student Monday (October 3) morning that he planned to blow up his school. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were investigating rumors a 14-year-old Monteleone Junior High student had made threats to “shoot up” his school when the student in question admitted he had told another student he was going to “blow the school up.”  The…
Sep30

Truck Sought That Struck STPSO Unit

***UPDATE***   Christopher Lozier Jr.  (DOB 6-7-92) of Carriere, Miss., turned himself in to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office today (October 1). He admitted to being the driver of the 2012 gray Nissan Frontier that struck an STPSO unit on Sept. 28 while deputies were assisting State Police with a crash on I-59. Lozier will be booked into the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center for L.R.S. 14:100 Hit and…
Sep29

DEA Agent Arrested on Domestic Abuse Charge

A local DEA agent was arrested this week by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after he battered his wife. On Sunday (September 25) a female contacted the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office to report her husband, Jimmie Ogden (DOB 1/5/1968) had battered her while they were at their Covington-area home on September 22.  The female reported that after the incident she fled to north Louisiana. Upon her return Wednesday…
Sep28

Five Kilos of Fentanyl Seized in St. Tammany

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives seized very a large cache of fentanyl during an operation that took place this week in Covington. Tuesday (September 27) evening, with the assistance of Homeland Security Investigations, detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation, which resulted in the arrest of a 24-year-old Mexican national male. The male was transporting five kilograms (approximately 11 pounds) of fentanyl at the time of…
Sep28

STPSO Hosting National Night Out Events

On Tuesday, October 4, 2022, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office will be participating in National Night Out Against Crime, and they are participating in a big way this year. This year, in addition to attending events hosted and held in neighborhoods, the STPSO will be hosting its own events at each of its four district offices. Residents are encouraged to stop by at one of these events between 5 and 8…
Sep27

Former STPSO Employee Arrested on Drug Charges

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a former employee after it was learned he was bringing illegal narcotics into the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center. During an investigation into drugs being introduced into the correctional center, STPSO detectives learned from multiple sources that Jason Allen Jr. (DOB 11/9/2000) of Slidell was selling illegal narcotics to inmates while he was employed as a correctional deputy in the facility. As…
Sep22

Former STPSO Employee Arrested

A former St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office employee has been arrested for malfeasance. Thursday (September 22) afternoon, Victoria Stelfox, was terminated and arrested for Malfeasance in Office and Filing or Maintaining False Public Record. She will be booked into the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center. Stelfox, a lieutenant in the criminal patrol division, was arrested after she fabricated a hit-and-run accident report when a deputy who worked under her was…
Sep16

Items Stolen from Abita Springs Residence Recovered in Mississippi

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Mississippi woman who garnered an Abita Springs man’s trust before stealing several items from his home. On September 8, STPSO deputies were contacted after a man said an acquaintance stole several items, including an AR-15, a laptop, computer equipment, a camera and an Xbox, from his Abita Springs-area residence. The victim told detectives he allowed a woman who he had met online,…
Sep16

Clearwood Junior High Student Arrested for Terrorizing

A 12-year-old Slidell-area student was arrested Friday (September 16) after he told a classmate he was going to bring a gun to school. The School Resource Officer at Clearwood Junior High School was notified after a student told his classmate Thursday that he would bring a gun to school on Friday and shoot him.  The incident was not reported until Friday after the school day had started.  The student, who…
Sep15

Madisonville Junior High Student Arrested for Terrorizing

A 13-year-old Madisonville-area student was arrested Thursday (September 15) after he made comments about planning to bring a gun to school. The School Resource Officer at Madisonville Junior High was notified after several students overheard one of their classmates say he was going to a bring a gun to school on Friday and advise some students to stay home.  The student was issued a summons for Terrorizing, and after it was…
Sep13

Nine-Hour Standoff Ends in Arrest

An Abita Springs man is in custody following a nine-hour standoff that occurred Monday (Sept. 12) night in an Abita Springs neighborhood. Shortly before 5:15 p.m. Monday, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were called in to assist a local bail bondsman who was attempting to arrest a subject on a warrant. The subject, Quinton Richard (DOB 4/14/1974), pulled a gun on the bail bondsman before arming himself with multiple firearms…
Sep09

Slidell Man Wanted Following Shooting

***UPDATE***   Keith Cotton (DOB 10/6/2003) is in custody after turning himself in Monday (September 12) morning. He will be booked into the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center on one count of Attempted Second-degree Murder. Sheriff Randy Smith would like to thank everyone who called in with information about Cotton’s whereabouts. ------------ The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a Slidell man who…
Sep01

Two Men Arrested After Meth, Handgun Found During Traffic Stop

Two Alabama men were arrested after more than eight pounds of methamphetamine was found in their vehicle during a Slidell-area traffic stop. On August 25, detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a Buick Lacrosse after the vehicle’s driver was observed violating several traffic laws on Interstate 10 near Slidell. A search of the vehicle led to the discovery and seizure of nearly 8.68…
Sep01

DWI Checkpoint Planned for Labor Day Weekend

Deputies from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct a DWI checkpoint over the long Labor Day weekend at an undisclosed location in St. Tammany Parish.  The checkpoint is 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. “We are out there every day looking for…
Aug30

STPSO Locates Woman Featured in Ponchatoula Police BOLO

Woman featured in a BOLO put out on social media by Ponchatoula Police Department was located Tuesday (August 30) morning in St. Tammany Parish. Shortly after 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, while driving in the area, a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s patrol sergeant observed a dark blue Nissan Frontier pickup, flipped over in the wood line near the intersection of Louisiana Highway 1088 and Louisiana Highway 36. When he stopped to offer assistance…
Aug30

Two Men Arrested Following a Talisheek-area Murder

Two men have been arrested following a murder which occurred late Monday (August 29) night near Talisheek. Shortly before midnight, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 73000 block of Tee Street near Talisheek after a neighbor reported hearing gunshots and observed a man who appeared to be deceased outside a neighboring residence. The neighbor also reported seeing a vehicle fleeing the area. Responding deputies…
Aug26

STPSO Investigating Fatal Shooting in Bush Area

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating a fatal shooting, which occurred early Friday (August 26) morning in the Bush area. Shortly before 2:30 a.m., STPSO deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 79000 block of Railroad Avenue in Bush in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival they located a male deceased in the front yard with what appeared to be gunshot wound(s). The occupants of the residence,…
Aug24

Arrest Made Following Mandeville-area Shooting

A local man has been arrested following a shooting incident which occurred Tuesday (August 23) evening at a Mandeville-area residence. Shortly after 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of Meade Court in reference to a shooting. STPSO detectives learned Logan Maxted (DOB 2/6/2002) shot a man multiple times following a verbal altercation at Maxted’s residence. Detectives also learned that…
Aug11

Two People Arrested for Murder After Teen Dies from Fentanyl Overdose

Two people are facing murder charges after toxicology results revealed a local 15-year-old died after overdosing on the dangerous drug fentanyl. In the evening hours of July 12, deputies with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office responded to a Bush-area residence in response to a 15-year-old suffering from what family members believed to be an opiate overdose.  Efforts to revive the juvenile were unsuccessful. During a joint investigation with the…
Aug10

STPSO Recovers Body of Missing Kayaker

Members of the St. Tammany Parish Marine Division recovered the body of a 28-year-old kayaker late Tuesday (August 9) evening on Doubloon Bayou near Slidell. At approximately 10 p.m. a man called STPSO to report his adult son missing after he located the son’s kayak overturned in the bayou behind his house. The son was last seen fishing in the bayou at 5:30 p.m. that evening.  Using flatboats, the STPSO…
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