Sheriff on orders to Higgins: “had nothing to do with the Gremlins video”

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St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz stated in a press release today that Captain Clay Higgins has resigned his position with the St. Landry Parish Sheriff Department because according to Higgins, ‘He disagreed with my orders.’

Sheriff Guidroz says in a press release:

“My orders to Higgins were to ‘Tone down his unprofessional comments on our weekly Crime Stoppers messages,’ and had nothing to do with the Gremlins video or with ‘Bowing down to political correctness.’ I happen to agree with the overall message of the Gremlins video.

Secondly, I repeatedly told him to stop saying divisive, disrespectful, or demeaning things like, ‘You have no brain cells,’ ‘Knuckleheads’, or ‘Liars.’

Thirdly, Clay Higgins appeared on the cover of a local magazine in full dress uniform, a direct violation of department policy, without my approval or authorization.

Furthermore, Higgins formed a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) to raise money by selling mugs, t-shirts and other trinkets using the department badge and uniform.  Additionally, Higgins utilized the department’s physical address in registering his LLC with the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office.  All of which are against department policy.”

As your Sheriff, it is my duty and responsibility that the message to the citizens of St. Landry Parish be professional, on point, and truthful.  The department Public Information Officer (PIO) is a representative of the Sheriff, the deputies and the department as a whole. If Higgins cannot operate within the parameters of this office and abide by our policies and procedures, then he is correct in resigning his position.”

As your sheriff, I can assure you that my staff and I will continue to provide the citizens of St. Landry Parish with the most professional law enforcement services and protection.”

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