“Behind the Badge,” a television program produced by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Public Affairs Division, received two awards this weekend from the Press Club of New Orleans.
Lt. Greg Gonzales, producer of the series, was presented with second and third place awards at the Press Club’s annual Excellence in Journalism Awards ceremony, which took place Saturday night in New Orleans. Chief Deputy Brian Trainor, Deputy Chief Danell Gerchow and Major Brad Hassert were also present to accept the awards on behalf of the agency.
The Sheriff’s Office was honored with a second place award for an episode on the agency’s Traffic Division and a third place award for its episode on the Investigations Division.
In the Traffic Division segment, Gonzales took viewers on a ride with our motorcycle deputies and showed them what it is like to be a traffic deputy on the streets of St. Tammany.
The Investigations Division episode highlighted the Major Crimes Unit and the work they did to solve a Mandeville home invasion case.
Both episodes aired in 2013.
“I am proud of Lt. Gonzales for the work he does to creatively educate the public on the many things the men and women of this agency do, and I am pleased that the many hours he spends both behind the camera and editing are being recognized with these awards,” Sheriff Jack Strain said.
This was the first year the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office entered the awards competition, which included entries from area media outlets and public relations professionals.
The Sheriff’s Office began producing the “Behind the Badge” series in October 2006, with the goal of providing viewers with an inside look at the various roles the agency plays in the community.
“Behind the Badge” airs on St. Tammany Access Channel 10 and WLAE Channel 32 out of New Orleans. Past episodes, including the two award winners, can be viewed on the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Website at www.stpso.com.