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Operation Angel - Press Release

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HAMMOND, LA – At a press conference earlier this morning, several Tangipahoa Parish law enforcement agencies came together to announce a new effort to help combat the drug problem in our community with help for addicts.

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards and local law enforcement leaders were joined by Tangipahoa Parish officials to announce that they are bringing Operation Angel to Tangipahoa Parish. Participating authorities include the Ponchatoula Police Department, the Hammond Police Department, Tickfaw Police Department, Independence, Roseland, and Kentwood Police Departments, the 7th Ward Marshal’s Office, Tangipahoa Parish 9-1-1, Tangipahoa Parish District Attorney Scott Perrilloux, and 21st Judicial District Chief Judge Robert Morrison.

Operation Angel is a program designed to help people with addictions ranging from cocaine to alcohol get help. Historically, law enforcement has addressed the problem of drug addiction by simply placing the addict in jail, feeding a stigma that keeps users from seeking help. Operation Angel follows in the footsteps of a program out of Gloucester, Massachusetts which was started in 2015, but it’s the first of its kind in Louisiana.

EOC Update - Winter Weather

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With a forecast calling for extremely cold temperatures and the possibility of frozen precipitation this week, Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller and Tangipahoa Parish Government’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness are closely monitoring the weather and encourage the public to do so, as well.

Miller said his office is working in close contact with the National Weather Service and will continue to monitor the situation throughout the next 36 hours. While the worst conditions are expected on the Parish’s far north end, parish leaders are taking precautions. Tangipahoa Parish Road and Bridge crews are on standby. Miller said if conditions warrant, crews will begin sanding roadways starting on the extreme north end before daylight Tuesday morning. Parish leaders are encouraging the public to make preparations today in advance of the weather system which is expected to arrive in our area late tonight and early Tuesday morning.

Miller encourages the public to make preparations by protecting the 4P’s—people, pets, pipes, and plants.

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