Sheriff's deputies graduate from CARTA, receive top awards

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
CARTA graduate Kristopher Perer was awarded the highest grade point average award and the top gun award; he is pictured with his fellow deputies, Dane LeBlanc, Scott Charleville, and Dexter LeBlanc.

Ascension Parish Deputies Kristopher Perer, along with Scott Charleville, and Dane and Dexter LeBlanc, graduated from the Capital Area Regional Training Academy (CARTA) in Baton Rouge on Tues., Oct. 16.

Capital Area Regional Training Academy (CARTA) is a product of the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office. There were 38 graduates representing 16 different agencies from across the state. The graduates learned physical training, legal and report writing skills, law enforcement history, and numerous other topics and skills.

Perer was awarded two of the three top awards, highest grade point average and the top gun award.

"It is an honor to graduate today with my fellow deputies," said Perer. "I excelled beyond what I thought I could do."

Perer attributes his success to his prior training dating three years back as a Reserve with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office.

All four graduates said the academy was challenging, not only balancing the physical demand of the training requirements, but also the emotional and mental demand during the training time.

"I put a lot of the pressure on myself, I pushed myself harder to excel in the academy," said Perer.

Graduate Scott Charleville also said his dream of being a police officer started at a young age and he is excited to fulfill one of his dreams.

District Attorney Hillar Moore was the guest speaker for the graduation. He gave statistics showing how important police officers are to the community, and also shared stories to lighten the crowd with laughter.