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Harper celebrates 40 years as Reserve Deputy for TPSO

Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2018 | Views: 2066

Harper celebrates 40 years as Reserve Deputy for TPSO
From the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office:
Today, we celebrate 40 years of service.

Sergeant Alton Harper began his law enforcement career as a Reserve Deputy with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office on November 15, 1978. Over the past 4 decades, he has served the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office and our community by volunteering over 50,000 hours of selfless service.

Over the past 40 years, Sgt. Alton Harper has served in all areas of law enforcement, including leadership. Since the mid-1980's, Harper has served as the supervisor and commander over the TPSO's Reserve Program. Reserve deputies receive the same training and have the same legal authority and responsibilities as full-time TPSO deputies, however the primary difference is that they volunteer their services without monetary compensation.

Sgt. Harper has a highly regarded reputation among the law enforcement community and is deeply loved and respected by the TPSO, his peers, and community members. “He wears a uniform, has a badge, carries a gun, and is POST Certified — just like a regular, full-time deputy — but he isn’t paid a dime. His service comes directly from his heart and is simply for the love of the job.” Sheriff Edwards says. “There is no form of purer selfless service than that of Sgt. Alton Harper. I am honored to have the opportunity to celebrate his 40 years of service during my administration.” Edwards continued.

It's believed that Sgt. Alton Harper the longest serving reserve deputy in the history of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office. Alton's huge heart, witty sense of humor, love for people and law enforcement are what help him maintain the same level of enthusiasm as he did 40 years ago!

Congratulations, Sgt. Alton Harper!!!! THANK YOU for 40 YEARS of SERVICE!!!