News Release

News Release

Congratulations to Retired Lieutenant Ryder!

Today, Chief King presented Retired Lieutenant Chris Ryder with a plaque in honor of his service. Lt. Ryder attended the 33rd class of the Alexandria Regional Police Academy and joined APD in 1993. He retired after 25 years on July 29.

During his career, he worked in the Patrol Division and Detective Division, and worked as both a motorcycle officer and DWI officer in the Traffic Division. He was also one of APD's few mounted patrol officers in the 1990s. He was promoted to Sergeant and worked as a supervisor in Patrol and Detectives. He was then promoted to Lieutenant in Internal Affairs until his retirement.

Lieutenant Ryder was a second generation cop, and is proud of his career. His wife and son were with him as he accepted his award, along with Lieutenant Beebe and Commissioner Bates. Again, congratulations on your retirement, Lt. Ryder!

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Drug Take Back Day - October 27

October 27, 2018 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Bring your unused or expired prescriptions to APD to dispose of them.

10 am - 2 pm
Alexandria Public Safety Complex
1000 Bolton Avenue

Male Found in River Identified

(Update 10/18 @ 9:45 am):
The male who was found in the Red River on Sunday has been identified as Johnny Daniel, 56, of Pineville. As yet, there have been no outward signs of foul play, but we will continue the investigation into the events leading to his death.

The identity of the woman whose body was found on Tuesday remains officially unconfirmed.

(Initial Release 10/14 @ 2:39 pm):
APD is currently investigating a report of a possible attempted suicide of a woman in the Red River. Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office, Alexandria Fire Department and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are assisting. The search has been extensive and involved all available resources, including sonar, search and rescue dogs, etc.

During the search, approximately a mile down river, near Willow Glen Road, and inside the city limits, the body of a male subject was found. He appears to be an elderly, white male. As yet, there are no indications that his body is related to the initial report.

More details will follow as these investigations continue.

Woman's Body found in River on Third Day of Search

Update (10/16 @ 4:00 pm):
At approximately 3:00 pm, the agencies searching the Red River located a body in the river, about 500 yards south of the Purple Heart Bridge. The deceased woman is believed to be the female who reportedly jumped from the Jackson Street Bridge early Sunday morning.

The search of the river began Sunday morning and continued from dusk to dawn through this afternoon. APD would like to thank Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office and Sheriff William Earl Hilton, Grant Parish Sheriff's Office and Sheriff Steven McCain, and Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office and Sheriff Victor Jones, as well as their respective deputies for all of the assistance they provided with manpower, boats and search equipment. In addition, we thank the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Alexandria Fire Department for sending personnel and equipment and helping search for the last three days. Several APD officers also brought their own boats and equipment to the river to help with the search, and their support is appreciated as well.

The identity of the body recovered today is not being released at this time, and the investigation will continue into the events leading to her death. The identity of the male body recovered on Sunday is also not yet confirmed.

(Initial Release 10/14 @ 2:39 pm):
APD is currently investigating a report of a possible attempted suicide of a woman in the Red River. Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office, Alexandria Fire Department and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are assisting. The search has been extensive and involved all available resources, including sonar, search and rescue dogs, etc.

During the search, approximately a mile down river, near Willow Glen Road, and inside the city limits, the body of a male subject was found. He appears to be an elderly, white male. As yet, there are no indications that his body is related to the initial report.

More details will follow as these investigations continue.

APD and ATF Collaborate with Task Force Officer

The Alexandria Police Department is proud to announce the addition of a new Task Force Officer assigned to the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. This officer, who has several years experience at APD, will work hand-in-hand with the ATF and federal prosecutors to combat gun-related crimes in our community. This Task Force is designed to fight not only violent crimes involving firearms, but also drug-related crimes and other felonies with a nexus of gun involvement.

In addition to this new assignment, the Task Force Officer, as well as APD Crime Scene Investigators, will have access to NIBIN, the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network. NIBIN is a national database of digital images of spent bullets and cartridge cases that were found at crime scenes or test-fired from confiscated weapons. This technology can be used to link gun-related crimes not only in Alexandria, but throughout Louisiana and in other states.

"This Task Force Officer assignment is another part of our continued efforts to partner with other agencies," said Chief Jerrod King. "The importance of inter-agency cooperation cannot be overstated, and we will partner with any and all other law enforcement agencies, however large or small, to provide services and protection to our communities. This particular assignment is crucial to dealing with the problem of gun violence, and we will use all means available to us to take violent, predatory criminals--the worst offenders--and put them behind bars."

The Task Force Officer began the assignment in September.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is designated as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Throughout the month, APD will be sharing information about domestic violence and what you can do to help yourself or a loved one who suffers from domestic violence. Today we will discuss the basics and major types of domestic violence.

When people think of domestic violence, most immediately assume that beating or physical force is used. Although physical abuse is one of the main types of Domestic Violence, it is not the only method used for control. Domestic violence includes behaviors that physically harm, arouse fear, prevent a partner from doing what they wish or force them to behave in ways they do not want. It includes the use of physical and sexual violence, threats and intimidation, emotional abuse and economic deprivation. Many of these different forms of domestic violence/abuse can be occurring at any one time within the same intimate relationship.

We have included a graph showing different types of abuse. You can also follow this link to the National Domestic Violence Hotline for a wealth of other information.  We will continue to post information all month about Domestic Violence and what you can do to stop it. 

Wal-Mart Homicide Suspect Indicted for First Degree Murder

On September 25, Kayla Giles (AKA Kayla Coutee) was indicted for First Degree Murder in the September 8 homicide of her estranged husband at Wal-Mart on Coliseum Blvd. The indictment for First Degree Murder, which can be punishable by life in prison or the death penalty, was handed down by a grand jury. Alexandria Police Chief Jerrod King and Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell both share their appreciation for the hard work by the APD Detective Division and Assistant District Attorney Monica Doss in this case.

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