Sheriff Prator to head Caddo Office of Homeland Security

By Josh Marcisz |

Published 06/19 2014 06:25PM

Updated 06/19 2014 06:43PM

The Caddo Parish Commission officially appointed Caddo Parish Sheriff, Steve Prator, as the director of the newly formed Caddo Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness on Thursday. Sheriff Prator had notified the Commission by letter that it made sense the Sheriff's Office assume the duties because the department is already trained in emergency preparedness.

The office will handle emergency preparation in the parish and support first responders in the event of a catastrophic event such as wildfire, tornado, flood or hazardous materials spill. The joint agreement between CPSO, the city of Shreveport and Caddo Parish is expected to save taxpayers $171,000.

Caddo and Bossier parishes had run a joint office since 1953, but Bossier Parish decided to form its own office earlier this year, the result of population growth and dwindling budget from the state.

Retired Bossier City firefighter, Ian Snellgrove, has been training for the director position and will assume duties as the head of the Bossier Parish Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness on July 1st. The Bossier office will have 2 full-time employees. The Caddo office is expected to have 3 full-time positions.

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