The St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office's uniform Patrol Department, often referred to as the backbone of the department, has four rotating shifts that enable it to keep enforcement personnel covering the parish 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Designated as A, B, C and D, each shift lasts 12 hours.
Major Fred Oubre and Captain Joe Ganote of the patrol department, oversee all four patrol shifts, Marine, Canine, Reserves and Traffic Unit.
Each patrol shift is assigned one lieutenant, two sergeants, two corporals, and, at present, 17 deputies. The lieutenants patrol the parish in unmarked police units, while the sergeants are assigned semi-marked police units. Corporals and deputies are assigned fully marked police units.
The patrol lieutenant is responsible for the entire shift and all its personnel. The sergeants are assigned to either the east or west bank of the parish, and they are assigned a corporal and enough deputies to cover the designated areas, also known as beats.
Duties & Purpose
For information about what officers do on patrol shifts and why, please view Duties and Purpose.