Sheriff Mike Couvillon recently had the honor to recognize Deputy David Trahan for his years of service to the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Trahan said he always had a desire to work in law enforcement, and while working for South Central Bell he began that journey of a long successful career under Sheriff Ray Lemaire in 1989 as a reserve deputy.
As a Level Three Reserve, he spent many hours patrolling with several Road Deputies, all serving as his training officers. He learned how to answer calls, fill out reports, work accidents, and serve the people of Vermilion Parish with pride.
Trahan spent many hours taking classes, receiving his certifications in fire arms, first aid, and CPR which qualified him to move up to a Level Two Reserve. As a level two officer, Trahan became proficient in report writing, and working public security. But again this wasn’t enough for him.
In December of 1990, Trahan became a Level One Reserve. He was able to patrol the parish with the same level and responsibilities of a full time patrol deputy. Through his determination and willingness to train and learn, Trahan became more proficient in all aspects of law enforcement. Through his dedication, he worked his way up through the ranks to became the Commander of the reserve division and acquired instructor certifications in PR-24 and Defensive Tactics.
In 2007, Sheriff Mike Couvillon offered Trahan a full-time position with the Sheriff’s Department as the first Motor Cycle Officer in the department’s history. David completed Motor Officer training and in January of 2008 he became a full time Deputy.
Trahan’s duties included Motor Cycle Officer, Process Server, and SRT Team Member in charge of coordination of essential equipment and training assistant. He continued as a Defensive Tactics, PR-24, and Expandable Baton Instructor, along with being certified as a Simunitions Instructor, Safety Officer, and an Armorer Certified rifle technician. David has taught hunter safety for the last 32 years and received his School Resource Officer Certification where he began to assist with firearms trainings for both reserve and full time deputies.

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