Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Tappin juggles a pair of positions

  • Law enforcement official of the week
    Randy Tappin is Collinston's police chief. He is also a Sgt. with the Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Office.
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  • What inspired you to work in this field?
    I had a job out of town. When I left going to work it was dark. When I returned home it was dark. The detention Center was built in 1994. I applied and was hired.
    I worked my way up the ladder and here I am, Chief of Police in Collinston and Sgt. on patrol for the Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Office.
    What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
    Responding to a call and not knowing what to expect [when I arrive.]
    What is a memorable moment and why?
    Being the first deputy at the scene of the homicide of Ms. Mattie Williams. I grew up a few houses down from where she lived and one of her sons was one of my best friends. She was a very nice Christian lady.
    Age - 42
    Experience – Two years as Collinston Police Chief and 18 years with the Morehouse Parsih Sherff's Office.
    Hometown – Collinston
    Education – one year of college
    Family – My wife is Wanda Tappin. Our children are 14-year-old daughter Jala Tappin, 20-year-old son Randy Tappin, 27-year-old daughter Ashley Baker and 20-year-old daughter Kimberly Herron.
    My mother is Irma Tappin.
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