Congratulations to the 2022 Law Enforcement Officer Distinguished Service Award Recipients
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BATON ROUGE, LA—Postal Inspector Kylah Bell of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in New Orleans and Detective Michelle Fontenot of Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office receive 2022 Law Enforcement Officer Distinguished Service Awards.
"Postal Inspector Kylah Bell has been an active law enforcement partner working with New Orleans-area financial institutions and the Metropolitan Orleans Bank Security Association. She has provided us with information in regards to mail box thefts, helpful tools to assist with investigations and assisted area financial institutions with altered check investigations, including the recent Ronald Riley case that is currently awaiting sentencing. I nominate her for the distinguished service award for her diligence and dedication to her position as a U.S. postal inspector," said Monica Dupeire of Metairie Bank.
"Detective Michelle Fontenot is always willing to take on cases that involve our local financial institutions. She has investigated elder abuse cases, forgery and fraud cases for most of the local institutions. She is very detail-oriented in her case reporting and keeps is up-to-date in all cases she is working on our behalf," said Garland Prejean of CSE Federal Credit Union.
“Louisiana banks are fortunate to work with highly professional law enforcement officials as we all work to end financial crimes. The working relationship between the bankers and all levels of law enforcement is admirable. We appreciate what the bank security officers do in our banks and we thank the law enforcement officials for their support,” said LBA CEO Ginger Laurent.
Each year, LBA recognizes outstanding law enforcement officers who assist banks with the investigation of financial crimes. The award recipients are nominated by bankers from across the state.
About LBA: Founded in 1900, the Louisiana Bankers Association’s mission is to help banks grow and prosper in Louisiana. For more than 122 years, the LBA has provided Louisiana’s bankers with top-quality professional development, revenue-enhancing products and services, governmental relations and public advocacy. For more information, go to www.lba.org.
Award Presentation Photos
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Postal Inspector Kylah Bell
Detective Michelle Fontenot
(above, from right) Monica Dupeire of Metairie Bank presents Kylah Bell, postal inspector with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in New Orleans, with a 2022 Law Enforcement Distinguished Service Award.
(above, from right) Garland Prejean of CSE Federal Credit Union presents Detective Michelle “Shelli” Fontenot of Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office a 2022 Law Enforcement Distinguished Service Award.