Pistol Range

Captain John Dempre
999 West Irene Road Zachary, LA 70791
Phone: (225) 389-8268
Fax: (225) 389-8272
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Captain John Dempre serves as the Commander of the Firearms Training Unit. Captain Dempre Graduated 1st in his class at the 137th LSU Basic Training Academy. He began working at EBRSO in 1998 and served in the Parish Prison until 1999 when he transferred to the Narcotics Division. In 2005 he transferred to the Firearms Training Unit where he served as a Firearms Instructor for 10 years before becoming Commander. From 2000-2014 he served on the EBRSO SWAT team as Mechanical Breacher, Explosive Breacher, Sniper, Element Leader, Team Leader, Assistant Commander, and Commander. In 2014 he was selected to the EBRSO Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit and attended Hazardous Device School to obtain certification as a bomb technician in 2016. Captain Dempre was appointed LA POST Council Firearms Committee in 2015.

Firearms Training Unit
The primary mission of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Firearms Training Unit is to train new Deputies to become safe and competent with issued handguns, shotguns, and patrol carbines through a multifaceted training program consisting of:

  • Fundamental Marksmanship
  • Combat/Survival Shooting
  • Scenario Based Tactical Training
  • Judgmental Shooting
  • Less Lethal Device Training (tasers, shotgun bean bag rounds, etc)

The Firearms Training Unit is staffed by 8 Instructors, who carry multiple certifications from recognized organizations such as Louisiana Police Officer Standards and Training Council, The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Blackwater USA, SigArms Academy, Colt, Smith & Wesson, Glock, Ruger, Bushmaster, Action Target Training Academy and the National Rifle Association.

The FTU has among its staff 4 members of the EBRSO SWAT Team, 3 of which are Maritime Response Trained, 2 are Rescue/Recovery Divers, and all FTU staff are certified armorers for the various office issued weapons.

The FTU brings to the Deputies of the EBRSO and Cadets of the Capital Area Regional Training Academy over 100 years of firearms instruction experience.

The EBRSO FTU also provides training to the citizens of South Louisiana in the form of Concealed Carry Permit classes that are conducted at the EBRSO Range and Tactical Training Facility.

A Deputy working on her sight alignment.

SWAT Member sharing tactics with uniformed Deputies.

Captain Washington mentoring a shooter.




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