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.
Nov23

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 over the Thanksgiving Holiday. As part of this national campaign, the STPSO will increase deputy patrols in neighborhoods and on local highways to conduct extra seat belt enforcement and checkpoints during Thanksgiving week, November 23-29. The extra manpower is being provided for this initiative by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, which also helps fund…
Nov20

Slidell-area Man Wanted in Connection with Shooting

A Slidell-area man is wanted in connection with a shooting that occurred Tuesday (November 17) night near Slidell. At approximately 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 2100 block of Bluebird Street in reference to gunshots. The subsequent investigation revealed that a family dispute at a residence on Bluebird Street escalated into a fight, and numerous shots were fired at a vehicle occupied by two…
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 $167,750 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…
Nov18

One Dead, One Injured Following Alton-area Shooting

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting which occurred Tuesday (November 17) evening in the Alton area. At approximately 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 62000 block of N. 16th Street in reference to a shooting. One individual was pronounced dead on scene and another individual was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The body of the deceased was turned…
Nov17

STPSO Investigating Alton-area Shooting

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting in the Alton area near Slidell that has left one individual dead and another injured. This is an ongoing investigation. More information will be provided as it becomes available.  
Nov16

Arrest Made Following Slidell-area Armed Robbery

The St. Tammany Parish Sherriff’s Office has arrested a Slidell-area man in connection with an armed robbery that occurred Monday (November 16) morning near Slidell. STPSO deputies were dispatched to a gas station near the intersection of U.S. Highway 11 and Powell Drive at approximately 7 a.m. Monday after a customer reported he had been robbed at gunpoint while leaving the store. The victim told deputies a man who was…
Nov13

Sun Clerk Arrested for Theft, Malfeasance

The head clerk for the Village of Sun was arrested Friday (November 13) for theft and malfeasance in office after it was discovered she stole more than $4,000 of village funds.  On August 15, 2020, William Talley, the mayor of the Village of Sun, discovered evidence of embezzlement from the village’s finances.  The village conducted an internal investigation and determined the village’s head clerk, Virginia Marie Bays (DOB 5/27/1959), had systematically…
Nov13

Mandeville Business Owner Faces More Fraud Charges

More charges have been added for the owner of a Mandeville-are interior design company. Back in February 2020, St. Tammany Parish Financial Crimes Investigators arrested Danielle Matherne Gaspard, owner of Belissimo Interior Design Build, for six counts of felony theft.  The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office began investigating Gaspard in early February after numerous residents reported they had paid her money to complete jobs which were either not started or not…
Nov13

Cocaine Located During Traffic Stop on I-12

Nearly 50 pounds of cocaine was located Thursday (November 12) during a routine traffic stop on Interstate 12. At approximately 10:30 p.m. Thursday, deputies with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Highway Enforcement Unit conducted a traffic stop on a 2016 Ford F150 that was eastbound on I-12 near Lacombe. The driver of the truck, which was registered out of Florida, was identified as Sergio Pereyra (DOB 5/31/1999), and the passenger was identified as…
Nov10

Operator of Animal Rescue Arrested on Animal Cruelty Charges

The operator of a Pearl River-area dog rescue was arrested Monday (November 9) on animal cruelty charges. Shortly after 10 a.m. Monday, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies accompanied employees with St. Tammany Parish Animal Control to a residence in the 39000 block of West Porters Road in Pearl River.  Upon arriving at the residence, deputies found 45 greyhounds living inside the home. The dogs were found covered in urine and feces,…
Nov09

STPSO Employees Support Local Food Banks, Breast Cancer Research

Pictured with Sheriff Randy Smith, are Yvette Roussel, development director for the Northshore Food Bank; and Raul Stich, food bank coordinator for the Samaritan Center.   Through the St. Tammany Deputy Sheriff’s Association, STPSO employees donated checks for more than $500 each to the Northshore Food Bank and the Samaritan Center thanks to the success of the annual Jack O’ Lantern Jamboree held October 30. The money collected is in…
Nov07

STPSO Investigating Fatal Vehicle Crash

Shortly before 10 p.m. Friday night, deputies with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a fatal vehicle crash in the 74000 block of Downs Avenue near Abita Springs. A Hyundai sedan was traveling on Downs Avenue when the driver lost control of the vehicle. The sedan exited the roadway and struck a culvert. The occupants of the vehicle,  a 24-year-old Abita Springs man and a 24-year-old Franklinton…
Nov04

Arrest Made After Narcotics Located During Traffic Stop

A Nevada resident was arrested Tuesday after illegal narcotics were located hidden inside his vehicle during a traffic stop near Covington. At approximately 9 p.m. Tuesday (November 3) deputies with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Highway Enforcement Unit conducted a routine traffic stop on a white Nissan Altima that was headed eastbound on Interstate 12. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Sirtevin M. Moore (DOB 5/19/1993) of Las…
Oct24

Arrest Made in Wilson Road Murder

***Update*** The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office has arrested a second individual in connection with the murder of Everett Wayne Finely. Melissa Smith (DOB 2/26/1996), was arrested Saturday (October 24 morning at a residence in Waynesboro, Mississippi. She was booked into the Wayne County Jail as a fugitive out of St. Tammany Parish. She is currently en route to the St. Tammany Parish Jail, where she will be booked on…
Oct23

Former Slidell Pastor Arrested on Warrants for Molestation

The former pastor of a Slidell-area church was booked Thursday (October 22) night into a Georgia jail as a fugitive out of St. Tammany Parish, after detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office obtained warrants for his arrest on molestation charges. An investigation into claims Patrick Wattigny had sexually abused a minor in 2013 while serving as pastor of St. Luke’s Church in Slidell, culminated Thursday with the St.…
Oct22

Deputy Finds Makings of Grow Operation While Investigating Suspicious Vehicle

While investigating a suspicious vehicle in the Lacombe area Wednesday (October 21) night, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies located the makings of a marijuana grow operation. A deputy was conducting routine patrols on Bremermann Road in Lacombe when he observed a suspicious vehicle. The driver of the vehicle, Raymond Justice DOB 9/13/1998) of Bradenton, Florida, told deputies he was travelling to Florida from California.  Inside the vehicle, the deputies located 170…
Oct22

Connecticut Man Arrested After Heroin Found Hidden in his Vehicle

A Connecticut man was arrested Wednesday (October 21) by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after he was caught attempting to transport heroin through the parish. At approximately noon on Wednesday, a deputy with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Highway Enforcement Unit conducted a traffic stop on a 2013 Chrysler Town and Country after observing the vehicle swerve while driving northbound on Interstate 59 near Slidell. During the traffic stop,…
Oct19

STPSO Participating in National Drug Take Back Initiative Saturday

This Saturday, October 24, 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; to the STPSO Law Enforcement Complex at 2070 Collins Blvd. in Covington: or to Lakeview Regional…
Oct15

K9 Deputy Thor Retires After Eight Years of Service

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith is honored to announce the retirement of K-9 Deputy Thor, effective Oct. 15, 2020. K9 Deputy Thor began his career with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office in December of 2012 and provided eight years of dedicated service to the men and women of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of St. Tammany.  He worked as a dual-purpose canine, and was…
Oct12

STPSO Sex Offender Division Receives Grant

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Sex Offender Registry Division is a recipient of a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking.   The $129,202 grant will be funded through the Support for Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grant Program. The money will allow the agency to upgrade technology and hire an additional person to help handle the increasing workload of the division. …
Oct09

Folsom-area Couple Arrested After Burglarizing Local Church

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Folsom-area couple after they burglarized a local church. On October 4, the pastor of a small rural church on Hay Hollow Road near Folsom contacted the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office to report the church building had been burglarized sometime during the previous week, and someone had stolen several pieces of music equipment. During the investigations, STPSO detectives learned a similar…
Oct05

Covington-area Man Wanted Following Lacombe Shooting

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for a Covington-area man who is wanted following a shooting that occurred Sunday (October 4) night in the Lacombe area. At approximately 10:00 p.m. Sunday, STPSO deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 25000 block of West Spruce Street in Lacombe in reference to a shooting. Responding deputies located two males with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. The victims told deputies an acquaintance,…
Oct05

STPSO to Participate in National Night Out Tuesday Evening

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office will join other law enforcement agencies Tuesday evening (October 6) to celebrate National Night Out Against Crime. Several National Night Out parties will be hosted throughout the parish. National Night Out is a nationwide crime prevention event. The night is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite our communities. It is a great chance to learn about…
Oct01

Mississippi Man Arrested in St. Tammany on Attempted Murder Charge

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Mississippi man on an attempted first-degree murder charge following an investigation into an incident that occurred involving a Mandeville-area juvenile. In late August, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives began an investigation after an 8-year-old male claimed Jared Davis (DOB  9/27/1982) had attempted to strangle him while at his residence in Mandeville. The month-long investigation resulted in a warrant being issued for…
Sep30

Two Pearl River Men Arrested After Stealing Catalytic Converters

Two Pearl River-area men have been arrested after detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Property Crimes Division uncovered they have been stealing catalytic converters off of vehicles in St. Tammany Parish and surrounding areas and selling them at a scrap yard in Mississippi. Catalytic converters were reported stolen off vehicles at a parish parking lot in Pearl River, at a retirement home in Slidell, at a car dealership in…
Sep25

Traffic Stop Results in Seizure of More Than 50 Pounds of Cocaine

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested an Alabama man Thursday night after he was caught trying to transport more than 50 pounds of cocaine through the parish. Shortly before midnight Thursday (September 24) night a member of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Highway Enforcement Unit conducted a traffic stop on a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado that was traveling on Interstate 12 near Slidell. The driver of the vehicle, Fabian De…
Sep23

STPSO Purchases Body Cameras for Enforcement Deputies

In an effort to improve transparency, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is equipping its enforcement deputies with body cameras, and citizens will begin seeing them in use as early as tomorrow (September 24). As one of his first actions for the new fiscal year, Sheriff Randy Smith signed a contract with Axon Enterprise (formerly TASER International) to purchase body camera for all patrol, traffic and civil deputies.  The $1.6 million,…
Sep22

STPSO Joins North American Rail-Safety Operation Aimed at Reducing Preventable Deaths and Injuries o

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is proud to be joining forces with first responder agencies in the U.S. and Canada today for “Operation Clear Track” — the single largest rail-safety initiative in North America. Coordinated by Amtrak, Operation Lifesaver Inc. and Operation Lifesaver Canada, Operation Clear Track aims to reduce the number of railway crossing and trespassing incidents in the U.S. and Canada — incidents which seriously injure or…
Sep22

STPSO to Participate in National Night Out October 6

On Tuesday, October 6, 2020, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office will be participating in National Night Out Against Crime. If your neighborhood wishes to participate this year, and wants a deputy to attend, please register your event by Thursday, October 1st. Click here to register your event.  National Night Out is a nation-wide crime prevention event. The night is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in…
Sep21

Drugs, Cash and Firearm Located During Traffic Stop

      A routine traffic stop Saturday (September 19) night near Slidell uncovered a large amount of drugs and cash and a firearm. Shortly before midnight Saturday, a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputy attempted a traffic stop on a black Kia Soul in the area U.S. Highway 190 East and Sunset Drive near Slidell. The vehicle ultimately stopped in the 100 block of Shamrock Drive. Upon making contact with the…
Sep21

Juvenile Arrested After Murdering His Dad’s Fiancée

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a 14-year-old Slidell-area boy Monday (September 21) morning after he shot his dad's fiancée. Shortly after 6:30 a.m. Monday the juvenile called 911 to report his dad’s live-in fiancée had been shot. Deputies responded to a residence in the 2200 block of Pelican Street and located the female deceased with a gunshot wound. The body has been turned over to the St. Tammany…
Sep21

Body Located On Side of Covington-area Roadway

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently conducting a death investigation after a body was located on the side of a roadway near Covington. Shortly before 7:45 a.m. Monday (September 21), St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to 11th Street between Soell Drive and North Street in reference to a stalled vehicle in the roadway. When they arrived at the location of the stalled vehicle, deputies observed the…
Sep18

Mom Arrested, Cousin Wanted After Juvenile Shoots Himself in Leg

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a Slidell-area woman Thursday (September 17) after her 16-year-old son accidentally shot himself. Kimberly Taylor (DOB 5/31/1986) allowed her 16-year-old son to live with his cousin, a convicted felon, at a residence in the Rocket Ranch Trailer Park near Slidell. The juvenile was at the residence with the cousin, Dane Williams (DOB 12/21/1990), when he accidentally shot himself in the knee shortly before…
Sep04

Covington Woman Arrested After Leaving Dog in Hot Car

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a Covington-area woman after she left her dog inside her hot car Friday (Sept. 4) morning. Shortly after 11:15 a.m. Friday, a shopper called 911 to report a dog had been left in a hot car in the parking lot of a Covington-area shopping center. The shopper told the responding deputy she had waited by the car for more than 20 minutes before…
Sep02

DWI Checkpoint Planned for Labor Day Weekend

Deputies from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct a sobriety 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 hope these checkpoints serve as a deterrent…
Sep01

NAMI St. Tammany Director Presented with International CIT Award

Nick Richard, Executive Director of National Alliance on Mental Illness St. Tammany, was awarded the Crisis Intervention Team Advocate of the Year by CIT International.   The CIT Advocate Award recognizes a family member or other community advocate who demonstrates exemplary active involvement with their CIT program. They must have been instrumental in getting CIT started and/or promoting CIT as an engaging program that elevates the identity and ownership of…
Aug30

STPSO Conducting Death Investigation

***UPDATE*** The preliminary investigation into the deaths of three individuals who were found Sunday (August 30) afternoon inside their residence on Ella Singletary Road near Pearl River, indicates the deaths are a result of a murder-suicide. The decedents have been identified by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office as husband and wife 80-year-old Lawrence Lynchard and 75-year-old Barbara Lynchard, and the couple’s daughter, 48-year-old Debra Lynchard. The case is still under investigation and a definitive…
Aug30

Teens Arrested Following Pursuit After Covington-area Vehicle Burglaries

  Two teenagers are in custody following a vehicle pursuit that started after they were caught burglarizing vehicles in a Covington-area subdivision early Sunday (August 30) morning.  St. Tammany Parish deputies were dispatched to the Timberlane subdivision shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday morning after a resident observed two individuals attempting to burglarize his vehicle.  Responding deputies located the perpetrators’ pickup truck exiting the subdivision and attempted a traffic stop. The…
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