MSPO prepares for annual conference

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On front row from left are Lorie W. Humphrey, Sammiaa Shields, Vanessa Monroe, Wyzetta Green and Ricky Jones. On second row are Nikeo Collins, LaQuita Collins, Sandra Williams, Carolyn Essex and Lillie Middleton. On third row are Michael Scott, Harmon Winters, Siggie Silvie Jr., Greg Eldridge and chapter president Billy Meziere. On fourth row are Jerome Davis, Charlie Davis and Melvin Holmes. Not pictured are Myron Robinson, Cloyd Benjamin and Lamarr McGaskey Sr.

Magnolia State Peace Officers Association will host their 63rd Annual Training Conference in Natchitoches June 19-23. Magnolia State Peace Officers is a non-profit community service organization dedicated to Law Enforcement and Community Outreach. MSPOA was incorporated in 1956 under the leadership of the late William B. Hines who was the first black officer hired by the City of Shreveport. This organization is one of the earliest corporations to be established by minority persons concerned with the quality of law and order.

There are 13 chapters of MSPOA divided into four regions. The local Cane River Chapter is a part of Region 4. The goals of the organization are to promote respect for law and order and a spirit of cooperation between its members and the community. The four Louisiana Regions meet once a year at an annual conference to increase the opportunity for training of its members to enable them to carry out their duties with respect, dignity and regard for the rights and privileges of all citizens.

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The Cane River Chapter is very active in the community participating in Relay for life, sponsoring the Cane River Zydeco Festival, contributing to the fan drive for the local Council on Aging, providing a coat drive for local schools, distributing Thanksgiving baskets to the elderly, hosting a Christmas toy drive and Shop with a Cop and more. This year’s conference is hosted by Region 4 which also includes Monroe, Shreveport and Bossier chapters. Members are law enforcement officers with Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office, Natchitoches Parish Detention Center and Natchitoches City Police Department.

The organization also consists of associate members who work in various areas of the city and parish as well as retired officers and laymen. Lt. Billy Meziere is president of the local chapter consisting of approximately 25 members.