8/23/2011 : Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones inducted into Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame
Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones was recently inducted into the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame at the Louisiana State Penitentiary Museum.  This award is for the men and women of Louisiana who serve their community and state in the honorable profession of law enforcement, judiciary, and related fields including governmental service, corrections, education, communications/media, victim services, volunteers, sponsors and community activists.  Each year, the Louisiana State Penitentiary Museum reviews more than 100 nominations and selects a few highly distinguished individuals to receive the honor.
Upon accepting the award, Sheriff Jones credited his success to the support of his fellow officers who he has partnered with over his 34 –year career in law enforcement. 
“It is a humbling and tremendous honor to be selected into the Justice Hall of Fame. However, I could not imagine being considered for this honor if it were not for the support of my fellow law enforcement officers that I have worked with throughout my career,” said Sheriff Jones. 

“As Sheriff of Natchitoches Parish since 2000, my team and I have worked diligently to protect Natchitoches Parish from harm, reduce criminal activity, provide services to our fellow citizens and to be present and active in every aspect of our community,” said Jones.

“The job of Sheriff can’t be successful without effective leaders who do their job with integrity and pride. I am fortunate to have those types of leaders serving in the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office (NPSO). This is why I have dedicated this honor to the men and women who put their life in harm’s way every day at the NPSO,” said Jones.

While serving as Sheriff of Natchitoches Parish since 2000, Jones secured a dedicated sales tax to support the NPSO.  This tax allowed him to provide the NPSO with more up-to-date safety equipment and to raise salaries up to a competitive range within the state average.  He has also implemented several new programs to strengthen the community including the “R U OK” automated program to check on senior citizens and the Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (SALT Council), which meets monthly to determine how to better serve senior citizens.
Sheriff Jones also served as president of the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association from 2009-10 and currently serves as the director of the Natchitoches Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness.  Moreover, Sheriff Jones received approval from the Louisiana Supreme Court to operate the Juvenile and Adult Drug Court Programs in Natchitoches Parish, being the only sheriff in Louisiana to assume such as task.

The other inductees were Judge Lance M. Africk, United States District Court, Eastern District; Senator Elbert Lee Guillory, Opelousas; Mr. William J. “Billy” Guste, Attorney General (retired); Mr. Scott M. Perrilloux, District Attorney, 21st Judicial District; Judge Billy R. Robinson, Bossier Parish (retired); and Representative Ernest D. Wooton, District 105, Belle Chasse. 
All inductees have an exhibit in the museum for one year which then becomes part of a permanent display with all of the previous inductees. 

Lauren Labbé Meher
Communications Director

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