Sunday, June 10, 2018

Sheriff's Horse Posse

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Posse grew out of a practice used by early sheriffs when needing extra help in rounding up criminals. Private citizens with horses would be deputized for five cents a day to help search for and bring back the suspects. 

Here are a few pictures of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Posse in 1966 provided by Betty Roubion Goudeau.

Nanette Des Ormeaux Stapleton on Facebook identified the above rider as her dad, Dewey DesOrmeaux, in a parade around 1966. He was also in the sheriffs posse.

A parade in the 1970's above, and a 1982 parade below

In 1982, the Sheriff's Posse took part in the Lions Club Mardi Gras Parade in Covington.

Then in 1985...

Back in 1952...

This may not have been the Sheriff's posse, but even the cities had their officers on horseback.