Parish native to lead Troop L office

Published 1:46 pm Friday, April 14, 2017

A native of Mt. Hermon was recently chosen to lead Troop L of the Louisiana State Police. Troop L is located in Mandeville, and serves a region that includes Washington Parish.

On Thursday, Col. Kevin Reeves, acting superintendent of the LSP, promoted Lt. John Riles as the commander of Troop L.

Riles was born and raised in Mt. Hermon. He obtained a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice from Southeastern Louisiana University, and a master’s degree in public administration from LSU. Riles is also a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command.

Riles began his LSP career in 1990, and upon graduation from the Louisiana State Police Academy, was assigned to Troop L. He rose through the ranks at Troop L and was selected to serve as the interim commander of Troop N in New Orleans before returning to his role as Troop L executive officer, prior to his promotion.

“I am humbled by Colonel Reeves’ selection for this position,” Riles said. “To be selected to lead what in my opinion are some of the best troopers Louisiana has to offer is a high honor. I look forward to our continued commitment to excellence in our service to the people of southeast Louisiana.”

Troop L encompasses the parishes of Washington, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and St. Helena. The troop area covers more than 2,741 square miles and more than 5,255 highway miles. The troop consists of 73 commissioned troopers.