State troopers work day in and day out, keeping roadways and communities safe and secure. They deal with all kinds of situations and no one situation is the same. As the public information officer for Troop D, Sgt. James Anderson also has to know how and be prepared to handle any situation and address it to the media. In this session, Sgt. Anderson will share his experiences being the go-to state trooper for the media and what steps he takes to have the media communicate information and updates to the public.
About Sgt. Anderson
Sgt. Anderson began his law enforcement career with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Police Department in 1991. He became a Louisiana state trooper in 1995 and has been assigned to Patrol, Protective Services (governor’s security detail), Internal Affairs, and the Bureau of Investigations. In January 2010 he transferred to the Public Affairs Section where he supervises state police public affairs activities in 34 parishes (counties) and serves as the public information officer for State Police Troop D in Lake Charles which covers 5 parishes.
He also serves as president of the board of directors of Louisiana Operation Lifesaver as well as regional coordinator of the Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force. He was an active member of his high school speech and debate team and holds a bachelor’s degree from McNeese State University in criminal justice with a concentration in terrorism, preparedness, and security.