Posted: Sep 27, 2013 5:21 PM
Updated: Sep 27, 2013 5:43 PM
As part of the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's office new marine division, Sheriff Mark Hebert has created a new program called, camp watch.
Essentially, deputies come to your camp on the bayou and collect information about it, and the areas in which you typically hunt, fish, and recreate.
"What this allows them to do is count back to reference points of who owns the camp, where it is, and contact numbers," says Hebert.
Deputies then provide you with a free license plate, similar to the one on your car. Hebert's office then uses that information in the event of an emergency.
Wayne Matthews only gets down to his camp on the weekends, he says having deputies patrol the waters makes him feel safe.
"I'm all for signing up, because with this new system they can identify a point of what they're looking for. In other words, instead of having to give them a lot of information you can give them a tag number and they know exactly where your location is," says Matthews.
Deputies are responsible for patrolling more than 300 camps on the bayou.
If you would like to be a part of camp watch, you may contact the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's office. In Franklin (337)828-1960 and in Morgan city (985)384-1622.