I take great pride in being entrusted with the honor and responsibility that comes with leading the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office.

Randy Smith

Sheriff
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Feb12

STPSO is now hiring

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office is looking for individuals who want to make a difference and begin a career in law enforcement. Apply here.  View Recruitment Video
Sep22

UPDATE - Arrest Made in Fatal Crash

***UPDATE - Arrest Made in Fatal Crash*** Following an extensive investigation, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested the 16-year-old driver in connection with this fatal crash. She has been arrested on the following charges and booked into the Florida Parish’s Juvenile Detention Center: Two Counts of Vehicular Homicide/Driving Under the Influence - Felony One Count of First Degree Vehicular Injuring- Felony  One Count of Operating  a Vehicle While Intoxicated…
Sep21

STPSO to Participate in National Night Out October 5

On Tuesday, October 5, 2021, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office will be participating in National Night Out Against Crime. If your neighborhood is planning on having an event, STPSO would love to attend it; therefore, please register your event by September 30. Click here to register your event.  National Night Out is a nationwide crime prevention event. The night is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in…
Sep21

Florida Man Arrested in St. Tammany After Kidnapping Girlfriend

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Florida man after he kidnapped his girlfriend at knifepoint and drove her from Largo, Florida to Covington. A concerned motorist called 911 Sunday afternoon after she observed a woman who appeared to be in distress, riding in the backseat of a vehicle, which was traveling on Highway 190 in Covington. Shortly thereafter, deputies received a call from the woman herself, who…
Sep19

Two Slidell-area Men Arrested After STPSO Deputies Catch Them in The Act at Local Car Dealership

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies apprehended two Slidell area men today at local car dealerships near Howze Beach road in Slidell. Deputies located Daniel Brown (w/m 10/19/86) in the parking lot of a car dealership, and then located Michael Halstead (w/m 5/29/82) inside a pickup truck in a separate nearby car dealership. Upon further investigation, deputies discovered multiple vehicles at three different dealerships had been entered and rummaged through. STPSO…
Sep16

Female Arrested After Attempting to Smuggle Drugs to Male Inmate in STPSO Jail

An approximate month-long investigation by St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Jail Investigators has resulted in the arrest of two people. Kayla Ann Leary (W/F 05/28/1988), was arrested for attempting to smuggle drugs into the parish jail through the facility’s mailroom. The investigation also culminated in the arrest of an inmate, Kevin Corr (W/M 06/23/1995), who conspired with Leary to introduce the narcotics into the penal institution. Both subjects were charged…
Sep13

UPDATE – Alligator Suspected of Attacking Slidell Man Captured

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies with the Special Operation Division, along with U. S. and Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries agents, captured a 12 foot long alligator, weighing a startling 504 pounds in the area of Avery Estates. It was near the location where Timothy Satterlee Sr. went missing on Monday, August 30, 2021, one day after Hurricane Ida hit South Louisiana, creating destruction across the region. Sheriff Smith vowed from…
Sep06

Road Closure for Powerline Repairs

Sheriff Randy Smith wants residents to be aware of a scheduled road closure which will begin Tuesday, September 7, as the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office continues to work with crews as they complete necessary repairs to powerlines damaged during Hurricane Ida. CLECO has notified the Sheriff’s Office of the need to completely block off Riverside Drive off U.S. Highway 190 near Covington beginning Tuesday, September 7, in order to…
Aug30

STPSO Investigating After Apparent Alligator Attack

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating after an apparent alligator attack, which occurred around midday Monday (August 30). At approximately noon Monday a resident in Avery Estates off Highway 90 in Slidell contacted the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office after her 71-year-old husband was attacked and apparently killed by an alligator while walking in flood waters following Hurricane Ida. She told deputies she was inside her residence when…
Aug27

Sheriff Smith Asking Residents to Prepare Now for Storm

As St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office prepares Friday for the approach of what is expected to be Hurricane Ida, Sheriff Randy Smith is asking for residents to do the same.   Sheriff Randy Smith met Friday morning with his executive staff in preparation for the storm, while members of the Operations Division mobilized high water rescue vehicles on both the east and west sides of the parish in preparation for…
Aug25

Slidell-area Man Arrested for Having Sex with Animals

A Slidell-area man has been arrested after it was discovered he engaged in sexually abusive behavior with animals. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Kenneth Ord Starling (DOB 6/27/1969) Wednesday (August 25) on 32 counts of Sexual Abuse of Animals. Detectives began investigating Starling after a complaint was made into his possible inappropriate behavior involving animals.  A search warrant executed at his Victoria Way residence resulted in the discovery of numerous images and videos of animals being sexually…
Aug23

FBI Agent Arrested on Domestic Violence Charge

An employee with the New Orleans FBI Field Office was arrested Sunday (August 22) after St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were called to her Slidell-area residence. Shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday night, STPSO deputies were dispatched to a residence in Clipper Estates after a resident at the home called 911. Upon arrival, deputies learned Amberly Boyle (DOB 10/18/1977), an agent with the FBI New Orleans Office, had got into an…
Aug23

SWAT arrests subject after hostage situation

On Saturday, August 21, 2021, shortly before 7:00 pm, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office responded to 160 Grand Lake Drive, Covington, La, in reference to reported possible hostage situation. A male called and reported his son lived at the stated address, was suspected to be off his medication, and possibly holding a female against her will. Upon arrival, deputies attempted to safely make contact with someone, but instead observed…
Aug20

STPSO Participating in Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is joining other local law enforcement agencies in a coordinated effort to reduce impaired driving fatalities during the upcoming Labor Day weekend. As part of the state-wide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which runs August 20 through September 6, additional deputies will be assigned to saturated patrol efforts to target impaired drivers. The campaign, which is coordinated and funded by the Louisiana Highway Safety…
Aug19

Sheriff Smith wants to warn the public about a Scam

Sheriff Randy Smith wants to warn the public of a scam victimizing local residents. Unknown person(s) are contacting local residents via telephone and threatening them into sending money in lieu of being arrested. Often, the unknown perpetrators portray themselves to be with a local police agency, and have even impersonated members of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office. To make matters worse, a Spoof App is often used, making it…
Aug14

STPSO Looking for Missing Special Needs Child

***UPDATE *** St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies with the Special Operation Division recovered the body of 10 year old, Avani Cook, at approximately 730 this evening. The young girl was located in a near – by pond. The preliminary investigation indicates, for unknown reasons, the 10 year old walked to the area of the pond and entered it before drowning. The St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office responded to the scene…
Aug06

Driver Fleeing from One Crash Causes Another

A Slidell man is facing hit-and-run charges after he fled from one crash as St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were pulling up, and ultimately caused a second crash. At approximately 12:30 p.m. Friday (Aug.6) two deputies with the STPSO Traffic Division were driving on U.S. Highway 190 when they observed two vehicles on the side of the roadway near Louis Prima Drive. One of the motorists appeared to be irate,…
Aug05

Sheriff Smith attends Ribbon Cutting for local Mental Health Center

On Wednesday, August 4, 2021, Sheriff Randy Smith was honored to speak at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the NESS Center in Mandeville. The NESS Center is located at the Northlake Behavioral Health System on U.S. Highway 190 in Mandeville. It is a comprehensive outpatient clinic providing various treatments for a wide range of mental health and substance abuse disorders. The center has a team of licensed healthcare professionals who…
Aug04

Investigation Into Fatal Crash Continues

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies are continuing the investigation into the late-night crash that claimed the lives of two teenagers on Guste Island Road near Madisonville. While the cause of the crash is still under investigation, members of the STPSO Traffic Division believe the 2019 white Honda civic was traveling southbound on Guste Island Road shortly after midnight Wednesday (Aug. 4) morning at a high rate of speed when it…
Aug04

STPSO Investigating Fatal Crash in Madisonville Area

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies are on the scene of a single vehicle crash, which occurred shortly after midnight Wednesday (August 4) on Guste Island Road near Madisonville. The vehicle involved was occupied by four individuals at the time of the crash. Two of those individuals have been pronounced dead, and the remaining two have been transported to a local hospital with unknown injuries. All parties are believed to be…
Aug03

Abita Springs-area Man Arrested on Animal Cruelty Charges

An Abita Springs-area man was arrested last week on animal cruelty charges after St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies observed a malnourished dog and her puppies at a residence on McIntyre Road. Deputies were responding to a “keep the peace” call Thursday (July 29) at a residence in the 74000 block of McIntyre Road near Abita Springs in reference to a property dispute among family members, when they observed a female…
Aug02

St. Tammany Parish Jail Covid – 19 Status and Preparedness

As of today, Monday, August 2, 2021, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office would like to provide the following information as it relates to the current status of Covid – 19 in the parish jail and the efforts being made to properly care for the inmates and employees working in the facility. Sheriff Smith and his staff have made concerted efforts to maintain a clean and healthy environment within the…
Jul27

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Deputy honored with State-wide Award

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Deputy First Class Dylan Crawford was selected the 2021 Louisiana Sheriff’s Association Deputy Valor award winner. The Deputy Valor award recipient is chosen based on an individual’s unquestionable performance above and beyond the call of duty and recognizes any extreme life-threatening acts of bravery.  DFC Crawford attended the LSA Annual Conference this week, where he was presented this prestigious state-wide award for his heroic actions. On September…
Jul19

STPSO Investigating Alton-area Shooting

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a man was shot while driving in the Alton area Sunday (July 18) evening.  Shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday a man called 911 to report he had been shot while driving down North Second Street in Alton.  He told deputies he was driving a white Mazda sedan northbound on North Second Street toward North 12th Street when one or more individuals began…
Jul16

STPSO Investigating Fatal Crash

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal crash, which occurred Friday (July 16) evening in the Slidell area. At approximately 5:40 p.m., STPSO deputies responded to a crash on Howze Beach Road (the Interstate 10 Service Road) near Slidell, which involved two vehicles. The initial investigation into the crash revealed that a Nissan Altima driven by an adult female was travelling eastbound on the service road when…
Jul16

Several STPSO Deputies Honored at Agency Awards Ceremony

Sheriff Randy Smith was honored to present several deputies with awards Thursday (July 15) at a special agency-wide ceremony held at the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Pearl River Training Center. Employees were recognized for their acts of bravery, heroism and selfless service shown over the past two years as no such ceremony was held last year due to the Covid pandemic.  Administrative Deputy of the Year for 2020, Deputy First…
Jul14

Houma Woman Arrested After Stealing Vehicle Left Running at Slidell Rest Area

A Houma woman was arrested at a Covington-area gas station Tuesday (July 13) afternoon after she stole a vehicle in Slidell and drove it through New Orleans and back into St. Tammany via the Causeway before taking St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies on a pursuit northbound down Highway 190. Shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified that a female had stolen a running vehicle from the Interstate 10…
Jul12

Sheriff’s Office to Hold Tax Sale Online Again This Year

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO PAY DELINQUENT TAXES St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith reminds the public the annual tax sale for delinquent 2020 taxes will occur online again this year in order to avoid crowding a courtroom with tax sale buyers. In anticipation of its annual tax sale on July 19, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office is advertising the list of delinquent properties in the July 14 edition of…
Jul06

Lacombe Man Arrested For First Degree Rape

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a Lacombe man in connection with a rape which occurred on Sunday, July 4TH. At approximately 6:00 p.m. on July 4, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies came into contact with a 64 year old Slidell woman who claimed she had been sexually assaulted while out riding her bicycle near the Lacombe-area.  The subsequent investigation led STPSO deputies to a residence located in the…
Jun30

STPSO Participating in Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is joining other local law enforcement agencies in a coordinated effort to reduce impaired driving fatalities during the Fourth of July weekend. As part of the state-wide proactive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, additional deputies will be assigned to saturated patrol efforts to target impaired drivers. The campaign, which is coordinated and funded by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, will also include DWI checkpoints.…
Jun23

Covington-area Woman Arrested for Solicitation for Murder

  A Covington-area woman has been arrested for Solicitation for Murder after she solicited four teenagers to kill her former girlfriend’s new boyfriend in Lacombe earlier this month. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Office arrested Mykia Tyson (DOB 2/27/2001) on June 10 on two counts of Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property and one count each of Possession of Marijuana and Contributing to the Delinquency of  Juveniles. She was booked into the St.…
Jun16

Delinquent Property Tax List in Today’s Edition of St. Tammany Farmer

In anticipation of its annual tax sale on July 19, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office is advertising the list of delinquent properties in today’s (June 16) edition of The St. Tammany Farmer. The list is also posted under “Public Notices” on the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office website. The public notices include approximately 1,200 properties with taxes due to the parish and the municipalities of Slidell, Mandeville, Covington, Pearl River, Abita Springs…
Jun15

Forty Graduate from STPSO P.O.S.T. Academy

  Forty cadets, representing five different agencies, graduated Monday (June 14) evening from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office P.O.S.T. (Police Officer Standards and Training) Academy during a special ceremony held at First Baptist Church of Covington. The graduates included 21cadets from Session 22 Day Class and 19 cadets from the Session N-10 Night Class. From the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office: Deputy Justin Baldo Deputy Bailey Barrios Deputy Kamryn…
Jun14

Arrests Made After Probation & Parole Calls for Assistance from Narcotics Division

Four individuals were arrested on June 9 after St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's deputies assisted Louisiana Probation and Parole agents with an investigation at a residence in the 19000 block of Wymer Road near Covington. Detectives with the STPSO Narcotics Division were called to assist after Probation and Parole agents observed narcotics while at the residence of Scott Williams (DOB 2/28/1986). During their investigation, STPSO detectives seized approximately 96.6 grams of…
Jun11

One arrested, One Wanted Following Slidell-area Armed Robbery

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a juvenile and is asking for the public’s helping in looking for a Slidell-man wanted in connection with an armed robbery, which occurred earlier this week outside a Slidell-area service station. Monday (June 7) morning, an individual contacted the STPSO after two men robbed him at gunpoint behind a gas station in the 2000 block of Oak Harbor Boulevard near Slidell. The…
Jun10

***Update***STPSO Investigating Folsom-area Shooting

***Update***   The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Folsom-area man in connection with a murder that occurred Thursday (June 10) evening. Shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday, STPSO deputies were dispatched to the 1300 block of Valley Court near Folsom in reference to a reported shooting. Upon arrival, deputies located an adult male suffering from a fatal shotgun wound to the chest.  The deceased was identified by the…
Jun04

Mandeville Domestic Violence Incident Results in One Injured, Suspect Dead

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic violence call Friday (June 4) morning after a Mandeville-area man beat and cut his mother before drowning himself in a nearby pond. STPSO deputies were dispatched shortly before 11:30 a.m. Friday to the 2000 block of Timbercreek Lane near Mandeville after a neighbor called 911 to report a woman was screaming for help. Responding deputies learned the woman and her…
Jun03

Sheriff Smith Announces New Pay Structure, Benefits for STPSO Employees

Sheriff Randy Smith is pleased to announce he will be able to provide a significant raise for all employees as the agency adopts a new salary structure beginning with the 2022 fiscal year.  Aimed at rewarding experience and education while also recruiting and retaining quality employees, Sheriff Smith has opted this fiscal year to forgo the traditional cost-of-living and merit-based raises and instead to focus on increasing the base salaries…
Jun02

STPSO Investigating After Alton-area Home Struck by Gunfire

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives are currently investigating after a residence in the Alton community near Slidell was struck by gunfire early Wednesday (June 2) morning. STPSO deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 62000 block of North 11th Street in Alton shortly before 6 a.m. Wednesday in reference to gunshots. Responding deputies discovered the residence, which was occupied at the time, had been struck, but no one was injured.…
May30

***UPDATE*** STPSO Working Slidell-area Homicide

***UPDATE*** The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Slidell man in connection with the murder of his 40-year-old cousin. Shortly before 5 a.m. Sunday, May 30, STPSO deputies were dispatched to the 58000 block of Lynn Road near Slidell in reference to a reported shooting.  The victim, who has been identified by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s office as 40-year-old Matthew Cetrone, was transported to a local-area hospital…
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