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Halloween Safety Tips

NEW ORLEANS - 10-30-2014

Here are Halloween Safety Tips from Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman.

Street Safety Rules

  • Make sure you go trick-or-treating with an adult.
  • Stay on the sidewalk of well-lighted streets.
  • Check for cars, trucks before crossing the street.
  • Cross the street only at corners.
  • Carry a flashlight.
  • Walk! Don't run.
  • Do not take shortcuts through yards or driveways.
  • Never go to a house that is dark, make sure the house is well lighted.
  • Accept your treats at the door and never go into a stranger's house.

Candy Safety Rules

  • Eat a snack before you go trick-or-treating, so you don't snack on the treats before you get home.
  • Make sure that the candy is tightly wrapped and hasn't been opened before you get it home.
  • Bring all candy home before eating any of it, so your parent or guardian can inspect it.
  • Watch out for small toys or candy that could cause you to choke.
  • After you inspect your candy and you still don't know what it is, throw it out.
  • Be sure to wash all fruit. Check for holes. Have your parent or guardian cut open the fruit before you eat it.

Costume Safety Rules

  • Make sure your costume is made of flame-retardant material.
  • Make sure your costume is the right length so you don't trip or fall.
  • Your mask should fit securely and allow you to see clearly.
  • Be careful with toy swords. They should be flexible, so if you fall, you won't hurt yourself.

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

Your Sheriff,

Marlin N. Gusman


Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office to Spearhead Healthcare Job Fair

NEW ORLEANS - 10-07-2014

The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office (OPSO) and its new medical and mental health care provider, Correct Care Solutions (CCS), are hosting a healthcare job fair on Wednesday, October 8 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the New Orleans Downtown Marriott, 859 Convention Center Blvd.

The Sheriff's Office is recruiting registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, nurse practitioners, psychiatric nurse practitioners, psychiatrists and primary care physicians. These medical professionals will be contracted through CCS for full-time, part-time and PRN positions.

CCS has been contracted by the OPSO to provide medical care and mental health services to OPSO patients at its New Orleans jail facilities and at the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel, where acute and sub-acute mental health patients will be housed. The Nashville, Tennessee-based company was one of seven providers who submitted bids to OPSO earlier this year.

"We are pleased to partner with Correct Care Solutions," said Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman. "Correct Care Solutions is the right fit for the Sheriff's Office as we transition to the new inmate facility and as we work to achieve substantial compliance with the consent agreement."

"We are very enthusiastic about working alongside the OPSO to recruit top-tier medical professionals in the greater New Orleans area," said Jerry Boyle, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CCS. "Like Nashville, New Orleans is a leader in healthcare, and we are confident that we can attract the best and the brightest to provide exceptional service for Sheriff Gusman and his team."

Healthcare Job Fair
New Orleans Downtown Marriott
Creole Queen Room
859 Convention Center Blvd.
(504) 613-2888

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Continental Breakfast: 8:00 – 10:00 am
Lunch: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Appetizers: 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Give-a-ways including 2 Tickets to a Saints Home Game

Read more: Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office to Spearhead Healthcare Job Fair


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The OPSO Harmony House addresses the needs of parent, child, the courts, and the communities of New Orleans and the surrounding metropolitan areas by providing a safe, supportive environment for Supervised Visitation and Monitored Exchanges with equal regard for parent and child safety.


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This program is available to inmates in Conchetta, the South White Street Female Facility and the Warren McDaniels Transitional Workforce Center and will be expanding to other buildings as additional volunteers are gained.


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