Seniors and lawmen work together

Brandie Richardson @B_lifestyles
SALT council member Terri Kaaihue and APSO's Bobby Webre

Nearly 300 senior citizens from across the parish gathered at the Trademart Building at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales for the annual Seniors and Lawmen Together (SALT) Expo that was held on Nov. 15.

The crime prevention expo,hosted by the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office and the City of Gonzales, brought nearly 40 vendors that provided various information essential to senior citizens and also some health screenings. Vendors included area assisted living homes, the Alzheimers Service of Baton Rouge, health clubs and the Foster Grandparent program, to name a few.

"It's a program that we got involved with many, many years ago," said APSO Chief Deputy of Criminal Operations Bobby Webre. "It's a way to honor and service our senior citizens."

The SALT Expo has previously been held at the Gonzales Civic Center, but due flood damage, was relocated to Lamar-Dixon. Webre noted that though many citizens attended this years, the event has seen bigger crowds in the past.

"Everything seems smaller when you have such a devastating flood," he said. "I think it will grow. Maybe next year we will have that large crowd again."