A Bossier Parish Sheriff's deputy now holds the distinction of being the top law enforcement officer in the state, as named by the Louisiana Veterans of Foreign Wars.  Capt. Jimmy Al Langley is the recipient of the VFW's 2011 Law Enforcement Gold Officer Award.  The 24-year veteran of the sheriff's department was nominated by VFW Post 5951 in Bossier City; went on to win at the district level; and then emerged victorious over the winners in the 11 other VFW districts to win the statewide title.  Prior to joining the Bossier Sheriff's Department in 1988, Langley also served for 5 years as a Minden police officer.  He has served in just about every capacity within the department and is currently the commander of its Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team.

(In the accompanying photo, Langley is presented his award by Louisiana VFW Commander Ken Koval)