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Congratulations to the 2019 Law Enforcement Officer Distinguished Service Award Recipients


BATON ROUGE, LA—Livingston Parish Police Department Detective Jeff Beatty and Vermilion Parish Sheriff Mike Couvillon receive 2019 Law Enforcement Officer Distinguished Service Awards at the LBA Annual Security Meeting.

“Since the flood of August 2016, Detective Beatty has been assigned 1,187 reports and has recovered $521,347.46 in property. In 2018 alone, Detective Beatty was assigned 464 reports, made 72 arrests and issued 36 active warrants. During one of these investigations, Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office was able to seize just over $600,000 in cash,” said LPSO Sheriff Ard.

“Sheriff Couvillon has served our parish diligently with dedication and devotion, for over 38 years, at times 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, keeping our parish a safer place for our families, communities and businesses. During these years as an officer of Vermilion Bank, I have experienced his dedication first hand, as he was always ready and available to assist the management of our bank regardless of our situation,” said Christie Hargrave of Vermilion Bank.

“Louisiana banks are fortunate to work with highly professional law enforcement officials as we all work to end financial crimes. The working relationship between the bankers and all levels of law enforcement is admirable. We appreciate what the bank security officers do in our banks and we thank the law enforcement officials for their support,” said Robert Taylor, LBA chief executive officer.

Each year, LBA recognizes outstanding law enforcement officers who assist banks with the investigation of financial crimes. The award recipients are nominated by bankers from across the state.

About LBA: Founded in 1900, the Louisiana Bankers Association’s mission is to help banks grow and prosper in Louisiana. For more than 119 years, the LBA has provided Louisiana’s banker with top-quality professional development, revenue-enhancing products and services, governmental relations and public advocacy. For more information, go to

Award Presentation Photos

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Detective Beatty

Sheriff Couvillon

(above, middle) Detective Jeff Beatty of the Livingston Parish Police Department is presented with a plaque as a 2019 Law Enforcement Officer Distinguished Service Award Recipient as (remaining, from left) Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard and Dana Yarbrough of Investar Bank, who nominated Beatty, look on.


(above, middle) Sheriff Mike Couvillon from Vermilion Parish is presented with a plaque as a 2019 Law Enforcement Officer Distinguished Service Award Recipient as (remaining, from left) LBA Chief Operating Officer Ginger Laurent, Christie Hargrave, senior vice president of Vermilion Bank and the banker who submitted the nomination, Sheriff Couvillon's wife Sonya and Joey Couvillon, president of Vermilion Bank, look on.