BY: SGT. ADAM YOUNG
The Plaquemines parish District Attorneys Office has a long standing tradition with the agents that work one the largest parishes in Louisiana enforcing fish and game laws. In past years agents have received donated items to assist in their enforcement duties. Agents have received night vision scopes, high-powered flashlights, and even two surface drive boats to help agents gain access to possible fish and game violators.
In July of 2013 that tradition continued when District Attorney Charles Ballay purchased the agents of Plaquemines parish three GoPro Hero 3 cameras for immediate use in the field. DA Ballay said his office is always looking for ways to help law enforcement gather evidence for protecting our citizens and resources.
The cameras have already been used in the field in the apprehension of oyster thieves, crab trap theft cases, and most recently a bait duck pond case in Venice where four men were cited for hunting migratory game birds over bait, and shooting over the limit of migratory game birds. Having these violations on video and available for viewing in court will be an added advantage for successful prosecution. In addition, agents want to use the cameras for boat accident reconstruction assistance when complicated accidents arise.
On behalf of all the agents working Plaquemines parish we thank Charles Ballay once again for his support of our profession with not only stellar prosecution of our cases, but by also providing us with equipment to help us perform our jobs safer and better.