Covington Police Department

  • Agency: Covington Police Department
  • Address: 609 N. Columbia St, Covington, 70433 LA
  • Chief: Richard Palmisano (Chief of Police)
Phone: 985.892.8500
Fax: (985) 867-1204

Covington Police Department is located at 609 N. Columbia St, Covington, 70433 LA. The Chief of Police of the department is Richard Palmisano. The Covington Police Department phone number is 985.892.8500.

Covington Police Department News

This week, October 23rd through October 31st is recognized as Red Ribbon Week. The National Family Partnership organized the first Red Ribbon week in 1988 to bring awareness to the dangers of drugs,alcohol, and violence. Today, Covington Police Department participated in a Red Ribbon Week event held at Covington High School School Resource Officer Darren Powell and Operation Angel Coordinator, Linda Hudson spoke to students about the dangers of drugs. Some students were allowed to use special goggles to simulate impaired vision, caused by different substances. To learn more about Red Ribbon week click the link below! http://nfp.org/

Hope to see you all at the last Columbia Street Block Party of 2018, tonight! The Block Party will start at 6:30 pm and end at 9:30 pm. Tonight’s event will be extra special, because it is the Trunk and Treat block party. It will be fun for all ages. Children can trick or treat while enjoying antique cars, and music! Costumes are encouraged for tonight! After tonight’s block party, the next one will be in March of 2019. So don’t miss the fun in our great City! As always, have fun and stay safe!

With the end of October being right around the corner, you may notice a 5 o’clock shadow from some of our Officers at the beginning of November. As we have done in the past, the Covington Police Department will participate in Movember or also known as No Shave November. No Shave November is an effort to bring awareness to men’s health issues. Starting November 1st, and for the entire month of November, our male employees that wish to participate can pay $25.00 each, for the month. With their fee, the Officers will be allowed to grow a mustache, goatee, or neatly trimmed beard. At the end of the month, all the money collected will be donated to St. Jude’s Hospital. To learn more about Movember, please refer to the link below: https://no-shave.org/ Thank you, Interim Police Chief Stephen Culotta

Thank you St. Paul's School and Mayor Cooper's Covington Youth Leadership Council for another successful drug take-back day at school!

Our good friends at Heritage Bank of St. Tammany hosted their annual First Responders Appreciation Lunch today, serving up an awesome meal for our local emergency responders. We were honored to be their guests and thank them for their awesome support!

We would like to thank the students and staff of St. Scholastica Academy for hosting their annual Teddy Bear Drive. These teddy bears are collected by students and given to the Covington Police Department for the kids in our community. All too often, our officers see children who have been involved in some type of traumatic event, and these teddy bears help ease their pain and put a smile on their face. Stephen Culotta Interim Chief of Police

The City of Covington is participating in the National Night Out Against Crime tonight. Each year the we partner with local neighborhood associations to host this nationwide crime prevention event. The National Night Out Against Crime began in 1984 as a community effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood fellowship and to send a message to criminals that their communities are fighting back. Traditionally, this event is held on the second Tuesday of August. For the last five years, communities in southern Louisiana have held the event in October to avoid the summer heat. This year we have two neighborhoods participating in this event. Please stop by and enjoy some good BBQ with friends. W. 20’s Neighborhood Watch: 100 Blk. of W. 20th Ave. Covington Housing Authority: 300 Blk. of W. 33rd Ave.

The City of Covington is currently hiring three part-time School Crossing Guards. For more information, please contact: Eugenie S. Leggio, SHRM-CP Human Resources Director 985-898-4724 985-635-0006 (fax)

Today, I had the pleasure of promoting Sgt. Casey Anthony to the rank of Lieutenant. Lt. Anthony was able to share his accomplishment with his fiance’, his three-year-old daughter, and his mother. Lt. Anthony started his career with the Covington Police Department in 2007. In 2015, Lt. Anthony was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, where he worked as a supervisor in the Criminal Investigations and Patrol Divisions. Now, Lt. Anthony will be shift supervisor over patrol shift three. Please join me in congratulating Lt. Anthony on his well-deserved promotion. Interim Chief Stephen Culotta

This Friday, October 19, 2018, the Caroline Darby Christmas Wish will be hosting; it's inaugural golf tournament, to benefit the Toy Giveaway program this year. This program spreads holiday joy to hundreds of less fortunate children each year, by providing a new toy(s) to the children who participate in this program. Caroline Darby was such a contributing member of this organization and honestly had a mission to give hope to the less fortunate children in our community. Sadly Caroline passed away in 2012. To honor her memory, and her mission the program was renamed the Caroline Darby Christmas Wish. We want to thank our friends at WDSU who kindly shared our story. To see the segment, please click the link below. For more information for golf registration, and sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Police Department at our nonemergency line, (985) 892-8500, and ask for the golf committee.

Mayor Mike Cooper, City Council members, city employees, family and friends all gathered in the Council Chambers at lunch time today to show our appreciation for the dedication and hard work Chief Lentz has put into Covington's Police Deparment over the last 5 years. He has left an indelible mark on this City and the image of our Police Department. In his time as Chief of Police, he has transformed the image and reputation of our Police Department into one to be proud of. This City, our community and our police officers will miss his leadership, but we will continue to pursue his vision of what it means to serve our community. While we bid farewell to Tim Lentz as our Chief of Police, we wish him the best in his future endeavours and thank him for his service to our community.

For many years (23), the Covington Police Department has hosted a toy give away for the kids in our community at Christmas. In 2012, a longtime employee, Caroline Darby was killed during a domestic violence incident. She was such an important part of the toy give away, it was decided to call the give away, the "Caroline Darby Christmas Wish" in her memory. Throughout the year we hold a variety of different events to raise money to purchase toys for the kids. We are hosting a golf tournament in an effort to raise money for the toy give away. Below is a link with some information on the tournament. Please share as you see fit. https://1drv.ms/b/s!Aq4F8q03FlKRhDvSEEzkohyMVO8T Thanks in advance, Chief Tim Lentz

https://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/news/communities/st_tammany/article_7b74a20e-c217-11e8-97b3-3382468fa145.html Here is a great story our friend Andy Canulette did on our returning hero, Lance Benjamin. Chief Tim Lentz.

On May 2nd, 2016 we launched Operation Angel. Since then, over 100 people have walked through our doors asking for help with addiction. For the last year, we have been fortunate to have one of our residents, Linda Hudson, volunteer her time for the Operation Angel Program. Linda keeps in touch with those who enter the program and helps them continue on their road to recovery. Through her efforts and their hard work, we have determined that 39% of the people who walked through our doors seeking help are clean and sober today! As a celebration of their recovery, we invited those individuals back to the Police Department this evening for a catered event, where Chief Lentz presented each with a certificate of achievement and an Operation Angel challenge coin. Tonight’s celebration was fully funded through the generosity and support of our community. Catering was provided by the Columbia Street Tap Room. Flowers were donated by CJ’s Florist and Mr. Ronnie Briggs was kind enough to donate the funds to purchase the challenge coins. Please join us in congratulating each of these men and women for their hard work and self-determination to succeed. It was an honor to spend the evening with them, as well as St. Tammany Parish Government President Pat Brister, who came to show her support for the program.

Earlier today a Slidell Police Officer was involved in a motorcycle accident while on duty. Our thoughts and prayers are with the officer, his family and our brothers and sisters at the Slidell Police Dept.. We pray for a speedy recovery. Chief Tim Lentz Chief Tim Lentz

Today, Covington Officers stopped out by the Recreation Fields where they found members of Rain Carbon and United Way working the bleachers, decks and doing some painting. On behalf of the entire city, we appreciate their efforts to help spruce up our park. Thanks again, Chief Tim Lentz

See information about CHS Homecoming Parade today.

He is home!!!!!!! Please join me in welcoming Sgt. Lance Benjamin back home. Lance is back on American soil, finishing his last couple of days of his 400 day tour to Afghanistan. He should be back patrolling the streets of Covington by the first week in October! We are so proud of Lance for his commitment not only to our City but to our Country as well. Our prayers have been answered and he is home safe. Please join me in welcoming Sgt. Lance Benjamin back to his family and the Covington Police Dept. . Chief Tim Lentz

Officer Turgeau, full filling his duties as a School Resource Officer, apparently brought his lunch to school today. The students at Lyon Elementary were happy to have George join them. Keep up the good work George. Chief Tim Lentz

On behalf of Sen. Cassidy, see the attached posting about Service Academy Day. Thanks Chief Tim Lentz

Luckily, it looks like Tropical Storm Gordon is going to stay to the east of us. The latest forecast has us outside of the tropical storm force winds, with the worst of it starting around 11:00 tonight. It appears we will miss the worst of the storm but we will have extra man-power and high water vehicles on hand throughout the night just in case.

Our friend Curt Sprang did a nice story about his experience in the FATS machine.

For those of you that have followed the story of Melissa Messina, yesterday was a monumental day for her. Two years ago yesterday, she walked into the Police Dept. and entered Operation Angel. Fast forward two years, she remains clean and sober and is giving back. She operates a sober living home called Freedom House which fills such an important gap in transition for those on the road to recovery. Please join me in congratulating Melissa (and everyone else that entered Operation Angel). We are so proud of her. Chief Tim Lentz

It is that time of year again. The Covington Police Dept. has secured a FATS (Firearm Training Simulator). This machine provides police officers with real life scenarios and test their judgment skills. This allows us to simulate the decision making process officers go through on a daily basis. This week the machine will be dedicated to the members of the Police Dept.. Starting Monday of next week (August 27th) we will allow the public to take a turn in the machine. If you want to experience the split second decision making a police officer has to make, we invite you to take a turn in the machine. (We will have the machine for the entire week) If you have an interest, we ask that you contact Tammy Bushnell at 985-892-8500 and get on the schedule. Please allow approximately 30 minutes to experience the full effect of the training simulator. Thanks Chief Tim Lentz