Sheriff Scott Franklin was graduated from Jena High School in 1989, from the Alexandria Regional Police Academy in 1990 and the Louisiana State Police Academy in 1995. Sheriff Franklin is married to Amy Campbell and they now have three children. He and his family are active members of Trinity Baptist Church and serve on several church committees.
Soon after his high school graduation, he began his law enforcement career as a patrol officer for the Jena Police Department. In 1993, he began work with the LaSalle Parish District Attorney’s Office as an investigator. During his service with the District Attorney’s Office, Sheriff Franklin gained valuable knowledge in case preparation, court procedure, and jury trials. He served as a Louisiana State Trooper from 1995 to 2007. He has also received specialized training in narcotics investigation, highway interdiction, motor carrier safety administration, hazardous material/ cargo tank inspection certification, interviewing and interrogation techniques.
In April of 2007, Sheriff Franklin resigned from the Louisiana State Police to pursue the Office of Sheriff. In October of 2007, he was elected by receiving 62% of the votes cast. After the election, the retiring Sheriff, Carl Smith, employed him as Chief Executive Officer for the LPSO. He served in that capacity until beginning his official term as Sheriff in July 2008. Sheriff Franklin is a member of the National Sheriff’s Association and serves on the Red River Delta Law Enforcement Planning Council’s Committee for Grant Disbursement, the Governor’s Drug and Violent Crime Policy Board and as the Sixth District Representative to the LA Sheriff’s Association’s Executive Board.
During Sheriff Franklin’s campaign, he promised voters that he would significantly reduce the use and sale of illegal narcotics in LaSalle Parish. He gave drug users and dealers 3 options – QUIT, MOVE OR GO TO JAIL. He has held firm to that promise. When Sheriff Franklin took Office, he established a Narcotics Department composed of a Chief Narcotics Officer and two detectives. He also involved other agencies, such as the LA State Police, FBI, ATF, DEA and US Treasury, in pursuit of his goals.
Since then, Sheriff Franklin has escalated the war on drugs. LPSO has made over 560 narcotics arrests – more than 210 of these arrests were for narcotics distribution. When the escalation began, LPSO was seizing pounds of marijuana and ounces of cocaine and methamphetamine during drug related arrests. Because of aggressive drug enforcement, now only grams of these substances are available for seizure during arrests.
Sheriff Franklin is very proud of the dedication and hard work of the LPSO Narcotics Department and Patrol Deputies. With the support of his family and his staff, Sheriff Franklin is significantly decreasing the exposure of children to dangerous drugs and is making LaSalle Parish a place that law abiding citizens love to call home.