St. Tammany Parish is divided into three districts for purposes of criminal enforcement. Under the districting plan, more ranking and experienced deputies are available in each district per shift.
District commanders are able to set policies which affect the district while still maintaining the Sheriff's strategic vision for the parish. The majority of deputies work in the district in which they reside. Greater responsibility has been given to supervisors on a district level, effectively de-centralizing the chain of command.
The Patrol Division of the Sheriff's Office consists of approximately 135 deputies working in Districts II, III and IV (there is no district “I").
These deputies provide around the clock service to citizens answering calls and responding to complaints. When not specifically assigned to a call, these deputies spend their time patrolling the community.
The deputies regularly patrol subdivisions and take time to visit with citizens. This allows for positive interaction between citizens and deputies and allows the deputy who works a certain area to hear concerns directly from the citizens who live in the area.
District 2 covers the east end of the parish, District 3 covers the west end, and District 4 encompasses the northern end of the parish.
District 2 is broken down into five zones - covering approximately 300 square miles. They continue to be a very busy district due to the condensed population and the borders shared with New Orleans and Mississippi.
District 2- Orleans Parish line to the Mississippi State and headed West to Lacombe. Includes the city of Slidell and town of Pearl River.
District 2 Commander
Captain Brett Hardaker
Main line- 985-726-8000
District 3 has four zones and includes the Town of Abita Springs, which does not have its own municipal police force.
District 3- Big Branch to the East to the Tangipahoa line to the West. North to the District 4 line North of US 190 bypass. Includes the cities of Mandeville, Covington and the towns of Abita Springs and Madisonville.
District 3 Commander
Captain Michael Ferrell
Main line- 985-276-1300
District 4 has three zones and covers the largest geographic area but has the fewest deputies patrolling it because of its rural nature.
District 4- North of US 190 Bypass to the Washington Parish line. West to the Tangipahoa Parish line. Eastern boundary is where it meets with District 2 line in Pearl River. Includes the communities of Lee Rd, Bush and village of Sun.
District 4 Commander
Captain Wayne Wicker
Main line- 985-276-1490