Lieutenant Sharkey began his career with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office in November 2000 where he was originally hired as a Corrections Deputy in the Tangipahoa Parish Jail. After spending two years in the jail, Lieutenant Sharkey went to work for the Kentwood Police Department where he gained experience as a patrol officer, and later went on to work for the Department of Public Safety and Corrections as a K9 handler.
A 2003 graduate of LSU Police Academy, Lieutenant Sharkey returned to the Sheriff's Office in 2005 as a Patrol Deputy, and eventually transferred to the Juvenile Criminal Investigations Division in 2009 as a School Resource Officer. A year later he was promoted to Juvenile Detective, and later promoted to Juvenile Sergeant. In January 2021, he was promoted to Lieutenant and assumed responsibility over the Juvenile Court Services.
Once in that role,
Lieutenant Sharkey began a lengthy journey to become a certified Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Practitioner. TBRI is designed to meet the needs of children who have experienced adversity, early harm, toxic stress and/or trauma. Because of their experiences, these children often find it hard to trust loving adults in their lives, which often results in poor behaviors. TBRI offers practical tools for parents, caregivers, teachers, or anyone who works with children to see the "whole child" in their care and help that child reach their highest potential. Since its inception within the 21st Judicial District, and the dedication by Lieutenant Sharkey to see this system to fruition, the Juvenile Court has seen a significant decrease in recidivism.
Upon his completion of this two year course, Lieutenant Sharkey became the only Law Enforcement Officer in the State of Louisiana, and one of only three Law Enforcement Officers in the entire nation to hold this certification.
Through his years of service, Lieutenant Sharkey has received an onslaught of accolades, including a letter of commendation from the United States Postal Inspector for his contribution in the apprehension, federal prosecution and conviction of a suspect accused of arm robbing a Tangipahoa Post Office. He also received accolades from North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond after his life saving measures saved a victim with multiple stab wounds.
Lieutenant Sharkey was recognized last night (January 11, 2024) at the Hammond City Club's annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Banquet for his many years of dedication and overall excellence. He has proven to be a true asset to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office and the community.
Congratulations Lieutenant Sharkey!