Simmesport Police Department

  • Agency: Simmesport Police Department
  • Address: 372 Mission Dr, Simmesport , 71369 LA
  • Chief: John Moreau (Chief of Police)
Phone: 318 941-2576
Fax: (318)941-2942
Email:
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Simmesport Police Department is located at 372 Mission Dr, Simmesport , 71369 LA. The Chief of Police of the department is John Moreau. The Simmesport Police Department phone number is 318 941-2576.

Simmesport Police Department News

Due to the imminent threat of rain on Halloween night, trick or treat at the park has been moved to the community center located on Mission Drive directly next to the town hall from 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm. All booths will be set up inside of the building and the sponsors are also planning a hay ride which will be in that immediate area. In order to maintain the safest environment for the children, Mission Drive will be barricaded off from Murphy Lacour Rd to the post office. Murphy Lacour Rd will also be barricaded off to prevent the blocking of emergency vehicles at the fire station. Families will be allowed to park alongside Mission Drive, however we do ask that all vehicles be parked in a manner where the flow of normal traffic is not restricted. Anyone needing any further information regarding specifics of this event, please contact Gail Firmin. As always, we would like to remind everyone to be as safe as possible regardless of what event you or your family are participating in. Hi-visibility clothing of any type are highly recommended for anyone who will be on or near a roadway, especially children. We will have officers present at the community center and surrounding area, along with officers patrolling the streets. Please notify these officers of any suspicious or dangerous activities or dial 911 in the event of any emergency. We hope that everyone has an enjoyable and safe Halloween!

The Simmesport Police Department is investigating a burglary that occurred Friday October 23rd at approximately 1:00 am at the Lucky Rose Casino. Three unknown subjects who concealed their identities with white masks, dark clothing, and gloves used a different assortment of power and hand tools to cause extensive damage to the building in an attempt to gain entry. At least one of the subjects is believed to be a white male. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Simmesport Police Department at 318-941-2493 or contact the Avoyelles Sheriff's Office Communications Center at 318-253-4000 to relay the information to investigators.

Just to inform the public.. The Town Hall, including the police office is currently going through major renovations. This has been going on for several days and is expected to last an additional week. Due to the renovations, our officers are not able to perform certain office tasks as consistent as normal and therefor may prolong certain tasks. I'd like to ask that the public please be patient with not only the police department, but also with the front office workers. Any emergency situation will be handled accordingly, however; any supplemental paperwork or any additional charges that would need to be signed may be delayed until our office is back to full functionality. Thank you

This morning at approximately 9:00am, Riverside Elementary was placed on lockdown in response to a threatening note found inside of the school. School officials immediately contacted authorities as the lockdown was being put in place as a precautionary measure. Simmesport Police Department, Avoyelles Sheriff's Office deputies and members of the school board conducted a thorough search of the school property. No weapons were involved in this incident and no weapons were found on school property. The lockdown was lifted at the conclusion of the search. All students remained safe during this incident and school staff did an excellent job of following lockdown procedures and keeping students calm. The Simmesport Police will have officers at the school a large portion of the day tomorrow to maintain a presence and hopefully give families peace of mind. This incident is currently under investigation by multiple agencies. I would ask that anyone having information regarding this incident, please contact Simmesport Police or Avoyelles Sheriffs Office

**ANNOUNCEMENT** To all of the residents and commuters in Simmesport... In light of the recent officer killings and other shooting events, please understand that our officers will be on a higher than usual level of alertness. I urge anyone who comes into contact with our officers to be understanding and patient, as our safety along with your safety are our number one priority. A high level of professionalism and respect will still be maintained, however officers may ask certain things of whoever they are contacting such as requesting to see both hands or asking you to temporarily step away from a potentially hazardous area. You may also notice a more serious and cautious demeanor displayed by officers when dealing with situations. People typically view this as being aggressive or unnecessary behavior by officers due to this being a small community, but I can assure you that the cautiousness is very much warranted at this point in time. I would ask anyone dealing with law enforcement officials to please obey any lawful orders given and understand the orders given, agreed with or not, are for the safety of all persons involved in the situation. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and help us take all necessary steps to keep the community and our officers safe!

Yet another Louisiana police officer senselessly killed in the line of duty... With heavy hearts we send our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Officer Henry Nelson of the Sunset Police Department. RIP Officer Nelson

Our deepest sympathies go out to Trooper Steven Vincent's family, his State Police family, and to all of his brothers and sisters who wear the badge. RIP Trooper Vincent

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, families, first responders and anyone effected by this tragic and cowardly act

Big congratulations goes out to Ofc. Chenevert, Ofc. Bradshaw, and Ofc. Augustine for successfully completing the police academy! Job well done guys

I have been made aware of several rumors going around regarding the incident that occurred last night. An accurate press release has been issued to KALB and Avoyelles Today specifying the facts surrounding this incident. This information can be found online at both news websites. Due to the ongoing investigations, the information given in the press release is all of the details that can be released at this point in time. To clarify any doubts, no officer was injured and the injured individual has been released from the hospital. I would like to respectfully ask that the public refrain from spreading information that may be inaccurate or false and allow the facts of the incident be determined by the multiple investigations. Please keep all involved in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you Chief Spillman

On behalf of the Simmesport Police Department and the Town of Simmesport, I would like to wish everyone a very happy and safe Thanksgiving! With Christmas approaching, we are at a time where thefts statistically increase. We are making changes during this time to allow more patrols to be made, but there are still things can be done on each individual citizens part in an effort to combat or decrease these thefts. I urge everyone to keep all doors and windows secured in your home, take all valuable items out of your vehicles and keep your vehicle doors locked, and most importantly report any and all suspicious activity that you may observe. Here are just a few holiday safety tips that we hope everyone follows to ensure a safe holiday season: - Pick the proper type of free for your home - Do not place a tree near a heat source and turn off tree lights during the night - Do not use any candles near a tree, real or artificial, and be sure to extinguish all open flames during the night or when not able to monitor - Check all smoke detectors to ensure proper operation - If traveling, obey all traffic laws and drive in a safe manner. Ensure all passengers are properly wearing a seatbelt

With Halloween approaching, the Simmesport Police Department would like to provide a few safety tips to ensure that everything goes smoothly. Also, we would like to remind everyone that the designated trick or treat area this year will be at the Yellow Bayou Park, although we are aware there may be certain neighborhoods where additional trick or treating may be conducted. We would ask that no one park alongside Highway 1 as that can pose a significant hazard to traffic along with pedestrians crossing the highway. An area will be designated within the park area for vehicle parking... 1. Plan costumes and accessories that are bright, reflective, fit well and are flame resistant. For greater visibility, add reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags. 2. Use battery-powered lanterns or glow sticks rather than candles in decorations and costumes. 3. A parent or adult should always accompany young children. 4. Using a flashlight helps you to see and helps others see you. 5. Stay in a group. Only go to homes with the porch light on. 6. Remain on well-lit streets and use the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk to the far edge of the street facing traffic. 7. Never cut across yards or use alleys. 8. Obey all traffic and pedestrian rules. 9. NEVER ENTER A STRANGER’S HOME OR CAR FOR A TREAT. 10. Always walk across a street. Never run. 11. Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks. 12. Remove any mask that limits eyesight before crossing a street, driveway or alley. 13. Do not assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing trick-or-treaters. 14. Never consume any food or drinks offered while trick-or-treating. No treats are to be eaten until they are thoroughly checked by an adult at home. An adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items. 15. Notify law enforcement authorities immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity. 16. Apportion treats for the days following Halloween. 17. Make sure items that can cause choking, such as hard candies, are given only to those of an appropriate age.

Chief Spillman would like to invite everyone in the community to the "Meet the Chief" event to be held on October 22 at the Simmesport Town Hall. The purpose of this event is to allow the community members to not only meet and interact with the chief and officers, but to also express any specific concerns involving public safety and to hopefully leave with a better understanding of the recent progress of the police department, the plans and goals of the police department, and the exhausting process of criminal justice procedures that have to be followed. Halloween and upcoming holiday safety will also be discussed. We strongly urge anyone available to attend and we hope to have a great turn out.

Chief Brandon Spillman announces that a new state law restricting the use of wireless telecommunications devices in school zones went into effect August 1st of this year. The new law prohibits drivers from using cell phones in school zones during active school zone hours for telephone calls, sending and receiving electronic messages (including text messages and emails) and posting or reviewing social networking sites. The law does not restrict drivers from using these devices in a hands-free manner and provides for some other exceptions. The exceptions listed are reporting a traffic collision, medical emergency or serious road hazard; reporting a situation in which the person believes his personal safety is in jeopardy; reporting or averting the perpetration or potential perpetration of a criminal act against the driver or another person; operating the device while the vehicle is properly parked; and use of the device in an official capacity while operating an authorized emergency vehicle. Louisiana Revised Statute 32:300.8 Use of wireless telecommunications devices in school zones prohibited; exceptions is considered a moving violation with a maximum fine of $175.00 for the first violation and not more than $500.00 for each additional violation. If the person in violation of this law was involved in a collision at the time of the violation, the fine shall be doubled.

Ok everyone, we are finally keeping up with the times and are now online! Not only do we have a facebook page, we also have a website that can be found at www.simmesportpd.org but keep in mind it is very new and is being constantly updated so bear with me