Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies are among law
enforcement officers from throughout this region attending a
course designed to enhance their knowledge of street drugs,
and the people who use and sell them.
Presented by the Mississippi Training Academy, the 32-hour
course – specially designed for uniformed patrol
officers –focuses on how they can
better identify violators, recognize drug symptoms and
prepare for substance-specific dangers of confronting subjects.
"Armed with detailed information from this course,
uniformed officers can better reach accurate conclusions
about drugs a suspect is using as well as medical
conditions drug use has caused," said Capt. Shane Fletcher,
Director of the TPSO Training Academy. “This knowledge
better equips officers to identify what drug has been used,
or what medical condition may require special assistance
due to the drug.”
The classes were held Aug. 26-29.
Col. Terry Daigre, Chief Criminal Deputy and former 
TPSO Narcotics commander, said his own work
experience makes him well aware of  such course work’s
"We are fortunate to have this academy visit and therefore
more available to ur officers who wish to take the course,"
Col. Daigre said. "We are also fortunate to have this 
training space, where we host our general law enforcement
academy, as well as the range that is part of it, which is
open to the public.”

The course was taught by Gil Van Attenhoven, special

agent in charge for the California Department of Justice,
Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement. He also instructs
Department of Defense counterdrug programs, and
has done work for the U.S.D.O.J. Bureau of Justice

Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office dispatchers have a new life-saving tool they can

use without leaving their desks or taking off their headsets.

All of the office’s dispatchers – plus their supervisor – are now certified to perform

“Telephone CPR” if a caller has an emergency requiring the measure but either doesn’t

know what to do or may require coaching.

“This is a measure that we hope our dispatchers will not ever have to use,” said the

TPSO’s Chief Deputy, Col. Terry Daigre. “But for the rare cases where this

may be necessary, they are trained and ready.”

CPR – or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation – is defined by the American Heart

Association as an emergency lifesaving procedure performed when the heart

stops beating. Immediate CPR can double or triple chances of survival after cardiac


Dispatchers are seen as true first responders in cases where, with the help of a caller,

they can verify that a patient being called about is in cardiac arrest.

As medical resources are notified, the caller can be instructed to perform CPR,

in accordance with the protocols dispatchers have learned in their training.

“In the radio room we are called on to do many things,” said Sgt. Debbie Maisog,

TPSO’s dispatch supervisor. “With this training, if a need comes up, we can

now all be confident that we can deliver the level of assistance required in this type

of emergency.”

For more information about T-CPR and CPR in general, visit the American Heart

Association at



From left: Roy Maisog, TPSO Sgt. Debbie Maisog and TPSO Chief Deputy, Col. Terry Daigre, at Point of Vue Magazine presentation of awards to local heroes. Sgt. Maisog was honored for the role she and other dispatchers serve as lifelines for the public and for officers working in the field.