The mission of Northwest Law Enforcement Planning Agency, Inc. is to establish a forum for persons most familiar with the problems of local law enforcement to study, address, and adopt methods, procedures and programs that will result in more efficient and effective criminal justice operations in the Northwest Louisiana area.
Jeremy P. Edwards, Executive Director
Jeremy was born in Metairie, LA, and has lived in a variety of different places, including: Metairie, LA; Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; Dumfries, VA (30 miles S of Washington D. C.); Lafayette, LA; Opelousas, LA; and Jeremy currently lives in the Alexandria, LA area with his wife, Stephanie and daughters, Madison and Mallory. Jeremy graduated high school with Humanitarian Honors from Westminster Christian Academy, Opelousas, LA before going to college at Louisiana College in Pineville, LA. He graduated from Louisiana College with a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Criminal Justice and Sociology.
After graduation, Jeremy started working for Red River Delta Law Enforcement Planning Council, Inc. in June of 2001 as the Grant Manager of the Byrne (Anti-Drug), Local Law Enforcement Block Grant (LLEBG) , and Act 562 Equipment Grant Programs.
Jeremy was named the Assistant Director July 1, 2017, and in addition to other duties, manages the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG), Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Title II and V Programs (JJDP), and POST Training Reimbursements.
Jeremy was named the Executive Director, effective October 1, 2020.
Casey P. Palombo, Operations Manager
Casey was born in Abbeville, LA and currently lives in Alexandria, LA with his wife, Marissa. Casey graduated from North Vermillion High School in Vermillion Parish before attending Louisiana Scholars’ College at Northwestern State University where he graduated after studying economics.
After graduation, Casey worked six years providing financial support and managing financial systems for area non-profit agencies in the Central Louisiana area. He began working as the Grants Manager at Red River Delta Law Enforcement Planning Council, Inc. in July, 2019 managing grant programs.
Casey was named Operations Manager November, 2020, and is responsible for the preparation of organization’s meetings, bookkeeping, etc., and assists the Program Manager in ensuring all guidelines are obtained by the subgrantees.
Hailey Nalezinek, Program Manager
Hailey was born in Alexandria, LA and currently lives in Pineville, LA with her husband John and two children, Emmet and Emersyn. Hailey graduated from Grant High School, then graduated from Unitech Training Academy before working in the medical field.
Hailey was named the Program Manager in July, 2021. and is directly responsible for administering the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (JAG), The JAG Less Than $10,000, Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), STOP Violence Against Women (VAWA), and the Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Program (JJDP).
Jack Kenneth (Ken) Walker, Retired
Ken was named executive director of the law enforcement planning program in 1970, six years before the formation of Red River Delta. He spearheaded the incorporation of the organization that initially served the eight (8) parishes of Red River Delta and now the ten(10) parishes of Northwest.
Ken retired in 2020, after more than 50 years of service with Red River Delta, with 35 of those for Northwest, and was responsible for bringing over $200,000,000 in grant funds to the Red River Delta district.
He was ultimately responsible for bringing the D.A.R.E. program to Louisiana in the mid 1990’s, with Red River Delta acting as the Louisiana D.A.R.E Training Center, and training the first 1,035 D.A.R.E Instructors.
Some other highlighted programs Ken is responsible for funding, or assisting in the creation include, but are not limited to: Renaissance Home for Youth, Alexandria Regional Training Center, Children’s Advocacy Network, D.A.R.E statewide, Rapides Adult Detention Center, Alexandria Crime Lab, Central Louisiana Family Justice Center, Central Louisiana Juvenile Detention Center Authority, and many other violent crime and narcotic programs, victims assistance programs, violence against women programs, and juvenile programs.