St. Martin & Bourque donates bulletproof vests for all bailiffs of the 32nd Judicial District Courthouse in Houma
Houma, LA â€“ Houma-based law firm, St. Martin & Bourque, APLC, is donating bulletproof vests for all bailiffs of the 32nd Judicial District (Terrebonne Parish) Courthouse in Houma, La.
The decision to donate the bulletproof vests to the officers assigned to work at the courthouse arises out of a concern for the safety of these law enforcement officers after a recent rise in violence directed at law enforcement personnel, including several incidents in courthouses nationwide.
During a recent visit to the courthouse, St. Martin & Bourque founder, Mike St. Martin, noticed that the bailiffs were not wearing bulletproof vests. In a discussion with the head bailiff, Lt. Ty Wesley, St. Martin learned that current budget shortfalls prevented the department from buying this equipment. Shortly thereafter, the firm approached Sheriff Jerry Larpenter and offered to buy vests for the bailiffs working at the courthouse.
â€œThis community has given much to the firm, and the firm is always looking for ways to give back to the community,â€ said Chuck Bourque, St. Martin & Bourque partner. â€œThe work we do for our clients require us to be at the Terrebonne Parish Courthouse on a regular basis. The law enforcement officers at the courthouse are our friends and colleagues, and we are happy to be able to do something to make them safer while they maintain law and order at the courthouse,â€ he continued.
St. Martin & Bourque partner, Chris St. Martin, added, â€œSupporting the community has been a regular practice of the firm since it was founded 40 years ago. The Childrenâ€™s Christmas Gift Program, Donations to High School Students traveling to Washington D.C for the Close-Up Program, support of local sports associations, and Sponsorship of the La. State Troopers Grant-a-Wish Program are just a few of the ways St. Martin & Bourque has supported Houma and other local areas over the years. â€