The St. John Sheriff’s Office held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new tactical training facility on Friday, June 11, 2021 at Patrol Headquarters in LaPlace.

This new 6,000 sq. ft. facility, which will be built behind patrol headquarters, replaces the 18-year-old training area named in memory of Captain Octavio “Ox” Gonzalez, who was killed in the line of duty on June 16, 2006. SWAT, Patrol, the Special Operations Division and the Criminal Investigations Division will train in various scenarios, practicing active shooter, building clearing, and hostage situation response.

The center, estimated to cost about $200,000, will retain Captain Gonzalez’ name. Captain Gonzalez’ family joined Sheriff Mike Tregre and officers for the groundbreaking. Completion of the building is scheduled for the first quarter of 2022.

“This new facility will enhance our intensive training programs and help fulfill our mission of protecting and serving residents,” Sheriff Mike Tregre said.