Sheriff's Office Duties

Although many people think of a Sheriff's Office as dealing strictly with criminals, in reality the Madison Parish Sheriff's Department is a complex organization of dedicated people who supply a multitude of services to the general public. Below listed are many of the day-to-day functions of our department.

  • Louisiana's State Constitution makes the Sheriff the Chief Law Enforcement Officer and the Ex-Officio Tax Collector for the parish.

  • The Sheriff as Ex-Officio Tax Collector for the parish, is responsible for the collection and distribution of the ad valorem taxes assessed yearly against all property in Madison Parish. Other duties include the collection and distribution of State Revenue Sharing, which is a partial reimbursement from the state for homesteaded property in the parish, and Federal Revenue Sharing, which is a reimburse from the federal government for the taxes on the property of the Tensas Federal Wildlife Management Reserve located in Madison Parish.

  • The Sheriff's Department is responsible for the collection and distribution of court fines & cost imposed by our Sixth Judicial District Court and of the payments of the traffic tickets issued by our own deputies and the LA State Police.

  • The Sheriff's Department is responsible for the issuance of Occupational and Beer & Liquor licenses for the parish. The fees and requirements for these licenses are governed by LA Revised Statues and Parish ordinances. The fees collected for these licenses are remitted to the Madison Police Jury.

  • The Sheriff's Department is responsible for the service, and the return to the courts thereof, of subpoenas, citations, and other court orders. The Sheriff may be ordered by the court to seize and sale movable and immovable property at a public auction. The Sheriff is also responsible as ordered by the courts, for the collection and distribution of all garnishments on wages for unpaid debts.

  • We are accountable to the legislative auditor for all monies received and distributed by our department. All expenditures are strictly monitored. An annual audit is preformed on all accounts of the Sheriff's Department.

  • The Sheriff's Department investigates felony and misdemeanor crimes and forwards results of those investigations to the District Attorney's Office for prosecution.

  • The Sheriff's Department assists the Tallulah Police Department, LA State Police, LA Fire Marshall's Office, LA Child Protection Agency, LA Dept. Of Wildlife & Fisheries, and other agencies in their investigations.

  • Our deputies respond to alarms, family disturbances, and bar fights.

  • We unlock car doors for the public that have locked their keys in vehicles.

  • Many times we are the first at the scene of accidents, ready to render aid and to get any other help needed as quickly as possible.

  • The Sheriff's Department stands ready to assist civil defense in case there is a need for evacuation in crisis or disaster situations.

  • The Sheriff supplies bailiffs to the Sixth Judicial District Court when in session in Madison Parish.

  • For every incident, disturbance, or major investigation there is paperwork, and we are very proud to say through modern technologies that our records are complete and up to date.

  • We deliver emergency and death messages, and provide traffic control and escort for bereaved families during funeral services.

  • The Sheriff is responsible for the operation of the Madison Parish Jail, which houses approximately 36 pre-trial inmates.

  • The Sheriff also manages and operates three correctional facilities which houses post conviction inmates - The Madison Parish Sheriff's Department Correctional Division is located at 158 Treatment Plant Road, Tallulah, LA.

  • Our deputies transport prisoners and mental patients to prisons and hospitals throughout the state.

  • We provide assistance for the LA Crime Victims Notification Program, a program designed to notify victims of crimes defined in R.S. 14:2(13) of the status of the crime from arrest to prosecution.

  • We provide assistance for the LA Crime Victim Reparation Program, a program designed to assist victims in obtaining reimbursement from the State of Louisiana for certain expenses incurred as a result of a violent crime.

  • Our department is responsible for the registration of convicted sex offenders that reside in Madison Parish and provides information to the public for the location of the offenders through the LA Sex Offender Notification and Registration System.