APSO Lieutenant Daigle named 2014 deputy of the year

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Lt. Coy Daigle of the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office was awarded deputy of the year by the Saint Theresa of Avila Knights of Columbus Council 2657 on Wednesday evening, September 24.

Lt. Daigle joined the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office in January of 2000 as a patrol deputy. In 2002, he spent the year teaching kids about the dangers of drugs through our DARE program.  In 2003 and for the next seven years he would be assigned to East Ascension High School as our School Resource Officer.  In 2012 Lt. Daigle was promoted to detective working juvenile crimes.  In 2013 he was promoted to staff sergeant in charge of the APSO new School Security Program.  He was assigned the task of reorganizing our existing School Resource Officer Program and shaping it into our current School Security Officer Program; focused on enhanced security measures and the increased presence, protection and visibility in all of our primary, middle and high schools; including private schools in Ascension Parish.

According to Chief Tony Bacala, after the successful implementation of the program during the 2013-2014 school year, he was promoted to Lieutenant of the 22 member team that provides security for our school system. By the end of the 2013-2014 school year the newly enhanced school security program had logged over 5,300 walkthroughs of our schools, conducted eight lock-down drills and conducted over 140 security audits.

Every year the Knights of Columbus express their gratitude by hosting a banquet for the indispensable services provided to the Ascension Parish community daily by law enforcement officers from the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police, and Gonzales Police Department.

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Knights of Columbus Council 2657 for allowing us to recognize the untiring efforts of extraordinary criminal justice professionals every year for the past 20 years, added Chief Bacala.