Get to know your boys and girls in blue


Periodically, we’ll be highlighting law enforcement officers from our local community. The hope is that we as a parish will come to see these men and women as approachable, every day members of our community.

leblancGonzales Police Department: Detective Derek LeBlanc - Juvenile Division

  • How many years of service do you have under your belt?

I began my years in public service in 2002 as a member of the Gonzales Fire Department. In 2006, I crossed over to the Gonzales Police Department as a Reserve Officer. I came on here full-time in 2007.

  • Why did you decide on a career in law enforcement?

While working at the Gonzales Fire Department and being a Reserve Officer, I’d often assist the Gonzales Police Department Detectives with the investigation of certain crimes. I found it to be interesting and became enthusiastic about the possibilities it opened up for me with each case. I knew it was what I wanted to pursue.

  • Why is working within your local community so important to you?

I’ve grown up in Ascension and watched my dad , St. Amant Fire Chief and Constable James LeBlanc, serve as a public servant for most of my life. That’s been inspirational to me and shown me the importance of serving the community you come from. This is home to me and to my family. If I can help to make it the best and the safest it can be for them, then I’m doing something right.

  •  What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

Everyone thinks that just because my dad was asked to compete in the annual COEA event, Dancing for a Cause, that he’s got all the moves. Well, compared to me, he’s terrible! I’m the one with the moves in the family. In fact, I keep waiting for COEA to come knocking on my door. I think ‘Dancing for a Cause 2014 Champion Derek LeBlanc’ has a nice ring to it!

  •  If you could ask one thing of the people in your community, what would it be?

As a school resource officer at East Ascension High School, I work closely with young people five days a week. I’ve learned that those acting out are, for the most part, simply screaming out for guidance, direction and positive attention. I’d like to see parents and care givers realize that the responsibility for nurturing the needs of those young people doesn’t come solely from the staff and faculty of our area schools, but from them as well. Being a positive role model for your own children or family members has to be a priority. I’m seeing too often that it’s not the case, and that’s got to stop.

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

breuaxGonzales Police Department: Officer Gerard Breaux - Warrants Division

  • How many years of service do you have under your belt?

I have a total of 12 years. I served as a Reserve Office in Gretna for about six months, then went on to the Westwego Police  Department full-time for four years. For the past eight years, I’ve been full-time with the Gonzales Police Department.

  • Why did you decide on a career in law enforcement?

I absolutely love law enforcement. I love meeting people, serving them and interacting with them on a daily basis. Every day is different, so it’s always enlightening. You never know what to expect.

  •  Why is working within your local community so important to you?

I reside here and have since 2004. I moved here and started a family. Gonzales is my home. It’s a great place to raise a family, and I’m honored to be serving the community I’m a part of.

  •  What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

I love to BBQ! I’ve entered a few local competitions and consider myself a bit of a master.

  •  If you could ask one thing of the people in your community, what would it be?

If you have an outstanding warrant, please don’t hesitate to come and talk to us. We can look at each case individually, and you’d be surprised at how much help we can be. Turning yourself in gives us the opportunity to reach a solution, rather than you avoiding the warrant which could have a detrimental effect on your record.

 


Comments

  1. Shara Ducote says:

    Just to let yall know. We are having a round robin tournament Sunday at Butch Gore!!! I know all the girls would love to see the support , advertisement and pictures of what they love to do.Thank you kindly. Have a great weekend.

  2. Janis Mickles Hernandez says:

    I enjoyed reading the article and I think it's a great idea to get to know them, but I wonder why the title says "boys and girls?"

  3. It’s a play on words from the term Boys in Blue, meaning law enforcement personnel. We checked with the law enforcement offices who were happy with the idea of incorporating that into the title. they, along with us, felt it made the piece more personal and less formal, which is what the questions are meant to represent.

Leave a Reply