Sgt. Darek Ardoin - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Sgt. Darek Ardoin

Sgt. Darek Ardoin

Nominee for 2010 Samaritan of the Year Award

Sgt. Darek Ardoin, is a graduate of McNeese State University with a B.S. in Psychology, and is a thirteen years veteran with the Calcasieu Sheriff's Office.

Currently Sgt. Ardoin is a Special Operations Group negotiator and is assigned to the Enforcement Division as a Field Supervisor.  Sgt. Ardoin is also the department's CIT Coordinator and has been involved in the CIT Program since its beginning. I

n the last year Darek's work with the CIT Program has been recognized nationally. Darek was asked to participate by the International Chiefs of Police Association (IACP) in a National Symposium on Law Enforcement Standards and Training regarding mental illness. Only 500 law enforcement, criminal justice, and mental health professionals throughout the country were invited to the initial meeting.

In December, twenty-five of those original attendees were invited back to review and summarize new Standards and Policies to be set forth for 18,000 national law enforcement agencies. Those sponsoring agencies; IACP, U.S. Bureau of Justice, and the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration selected 6 members of the original 500 attendees to edit the final draft of the new Standards and Training policies to be set forth.

Our own Sgt. Darek Ardoin is among those selected few. Southwest Louisiana should be very proud of the changes and influences that Darek along with other area CIT Partners have done to change in the country's Criminal Justice paradigm shift dealing with individuals in mental health crisis. Sgt. Darek Ardoin has represented our community well in criminal justice mental health issues on the national stage.

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