Constables, marshals gather in Baton Rouge for training conference

For the first time, the National Constables Marshals Association and the Louisiana City Constables Marshals Association will hold a joint training conference, using Baton Rouge as the destination for more than 150 city constables and marshals from across the state and country.

The conference began Tuesday and ends Saturday.

“We found the best way to train and get the message out to all our constables is to combine conferences with the local states,” said Phil Hazlett, city constable for Glendale, Ariz., and president of the National Constables and Marshals Association.

“That allows us to get back new ideas to take to each state.”

Constables and marshals from 10 states and 47 state agencies are expected to attend training sessions at the Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel on Bluebonnet Boulevard, including staying safe in dangerous situations, the benefits of cooperation with state, local and federal agencies, and how to spot human trafficking, Baton Rouge City Constable Reginald Brown said.

“No matter what area you’re in, human trafficking is now a great concern for every area,” Brown said.

Attendees will be able to obtain firearm certification from FBI firearms instructors Friday when groups will go to the firing ranges for both the Baton Rouge Police Department and East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Brown serves as president for the Louisiana City Constables Marshals Association and chairman of the board for the National Constables Marshals Association.