Sheriff Craig Webre and Water Patrol Sergeant Jeff Prevost accept a donation check from Betsy Brien of ConocoPhillips in Houma.
Sheriff Craig Webre announced Thursday that ConocoPhillips has donated $12,000 to the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Water Patrol Section for the purchase of a boat and equipment. Sheriff Webre accepted the donation and thanked officials in person this past week at the ConocoPhillips office on Bayou Black Drive in Houma.
The LPSO Water Patrol Section utilized the funding to purchase a 17-foot aluminum hull to replace an older one. The remaining funds were used to purchase various equipment including a GPS navigational system, hydraulic jack plate, and motion-stabilizing binoculars.
“I extend my sincerest thanks to ConocoPhillips for this generous donation to our Water Patrol Section,” said Sheriff Webre. “Serving the needs of the public in a coastal region such as ours presents many unique challenges, especially when it comes to investigating cases and enforcing laws. We thank ConocoPhillips for recognizing the importance of this function to meet the needs of our citizens.”
The LPSO Water Patrol Section is responsible for search and rescue marine operations for stranded or missing boaters, as well as enforcing boating safety and some wildlife and fisheries violations. They patrol the waters of Lafourche Parish to keep them safe for boating and fishing.
“We are pleased to support the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Water Patrol”, said Betsy Brien, Land Communication Specialist of ConocoPhillips Coastal Wetlands. “They play an important role in keeping the local waters safe for boating and fishing and protecting the coastal environment that they patrol.”