APSO shows law enforcement cares too

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office hosted its 17th annual Christmas Crusades Program last week.

The holidays are a season for sharing, celebrating, and uniting in the human spirit, last week the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office showed exactly that with its 17th annual Christmas Crusades program.

The Christmas Crusades program is dedicated to helping disadvantaged children 0 – 12 years of age in Ascension Parish. On Thursday night, the APSO hosted the “Shop Night” event where volunteers met APSO at the Gonzales Wal-Mart to help purchase requested items for the needy families.

On Saturday, the APSO distributed toys in Donaldsonville and Gonzales.

“We’re glad to serve others and we know if it were not for this there are a lot of kids who wouldn’t have a Christmas that you and I have come to enjoy,” Sheriff Jeff Wiley said Saturday.

“The staff here and the inmate workers all participate because they love it,” Sheriff Wiley said.

“It’s a non-traditional law enforcement role, but as you look around the country and what’s going on in this country, the real agencies that get it about serving understand it’s more than just cops and robbers and this is just an example, and we are proud of it."