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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

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Nicholls Police Chief announces his candidacy for Sheriff

Nicholls Police Chief announces his candidacy for Sheriff

Current Nicholls State University Police Chief and Lafourche Parish Councilman for District #5, Craig M. Jaccuzzo, a resident of Bayou Blue, has officially announced his candidacy for Sheriff of Lafourche Parish.

Jaccuzzo, a 29.5-year veteran law enforcement officer has been the Police Chief at Nicholls for the past 15 years. During his tenure as Chief, Jaccuzzo has had tremendous success with overhauling a police department and its services. Jaccuzzo was instrumental with establishing the university’s first full service emergency notifications system, its campus wide security camera program while making Nicholls one of the safest universities in the State and the Nation.

Within his tenure, Jaccuzzo was able to build a police department during a time that the university received some of its largest budget reductions in history during Gov. Bobby Jindel’s administration.

Prior to becoming NSU Police Chief, Jaccuzzo worked for the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office since the age of 18. Over the next 14 years, he worked his way up from a Communications Deputy, Patrol Deputy, Sergeant and Lieutenant.

During his time at the Sheriff’s Office, Jaccuzzo was recognized and remembered for his work in the public housing and Section 8 communities of the parish during the height of the crack-cocaine epidemic. Here, Jaccuzzo implemented a community policing philosophy that resulted in a reduction of the overall crime rate in his communities by 80%.

Some of Lafourche’s highest profile arrest of individuals responsible for selling drugs or committing violent crimes in the parish was arrested by Jaccuzzo. As a result, he was recognized by the VFW in 1995 as Officer of the Year, by Sheriff Craig Webre in 1996, with a Distinguish Service Award, in 1998, with the Sheriff’s Star Award (employee of year), at the same time by WDSU for Making a Difference in his communities. In 2001, he was awarded a Life Saving Award and the National Award of Merit by the National Sheriff’s Association.

Jaccuzzo is a 1989 graduate of Central Lafourche High School, 2001, 2003 and 2010 graduate of Nicholls State University, 2014 graduate of University of Louisiana, Monroe and 2016 graduate of Northwestern State University. He has an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor’s Degree in Government, a Master Degree in Higher Education Administration, a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a Post Graduate Concentration in 21st Century Terrorism and Global Intelligence.

Jaccuzzo also teaches at Nicholls State University, Fletcher Technical Community College and at the local police POST Academies.

Jaccuzzo stated he is running for sheriff because it is time for a change. The sheriff’s office is in need of new positive leadership and the future of Lafourche Parish is in trouble. The drug epidemic is out of control. We are losing the battle to the opioid crisis.

The Sheriff has irresponsibly raised taxes on the people of Lafourche over 28 years that people still have to pay even when jobs are lost. The Sheriff has built a jail that is a resort for criminals that will financially cripple the parish government because of his decision not to consult with parish government officials over the expenses.

In the 28 years Webre has been Sheriff, he has done everything he said he was not going to do. He has become a politician and private businessman that is not 100% commitment to the people. Jaccuzzo explained his experience in dealing with budgets at the state and parish levels gives him the advantage to conservatively operate the sheriff’s office and reduce the taxes imposed by Sheriff Webre.

Jaccuzzo is simply asking the citizens of Lafourche to listen to the issues he raises in this election, be informed of the facts that are presented and vote to better Lafourche.