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Caddo and Bossier parishes have two separate OHSEP

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Sheriff Steve Prator, far right, swore in three new members of the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Tuesday morning. From left to right: Lisa Carmack, Tony LeBlanc and Robert Jump. Sheriff Steve Prator, far right, swore in three new members of the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Tuesday morning. From left to right: Lisa Carmack, Tony LeBlanc and Robert Jump.
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The split is official. Caddo and Bossier Parishes now have their own Offices of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

Bossier moved to divide the joint office last fall and Caddo Parish had until Tuesday, July 1st, to have something in place.

A full Caddo Parish staff was sworn in Tuesday morning.

Both sides say nothing should appear different to the public. Each will handle preparing for emergency situations, just like they use to together.

“It was great the way we had it set up,” said Sheriff Steve Prator, director of the Caddo Parish OHSEP. “We were prepared the way we had it set up. It's going to be the same; it's going to be excellent. If you can take something from great to excellent that's what we plan to do

Prator

or holds the new office's director position, but said his Deputy Director Robert Jump will run the day-to-day operations.

Jump along with two other employees were sworn into the sheriff's office Tuesday morning to run the new office.

Across the river at the Bossier EmergencOperationsns Center, new Director Ian Snellgrove settles into his position. It will only be one other person helping Snellgrove, but he said nothing will change on their side either.

“We're responsible for the emergency operation plans for the parish,” said Snellgrove. “We're going to continue to do that. We're also responsible for the emergency management training for local responders and local officials for the parish, and we're going to continue to do that.”

And both men agree—the partnership between Caddo and Bossier will also stay in place. Both offices plan to work with neighboring parishes and counties to have a full plan in place, in case something is to happen.

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