Lt. Col. Donald Capello
Deputy Chief of Criminal Operations
Lt. Colonel Donald Capello began his career with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office in 1992 in the Corrections Division. He transferred to Uniform Patrol in 1995 where he achieved the rank of Sergeant in 1999. In 2003 he was promoted to Lieutenant in the Patrol Division where he served until 2011 when he transferred to the Training Division to serve as an instructor. In 2016 he was promoted to Captain serving as the Director of Training and Crisis Response Team Commander. He is currently a Deputy Chief overseeing Criminal Operations for the Sheriff’s Office.
Lt. Colonel Capello graduated from the LSU Basic Training Academy in 1994, and is also a graduate of Leadership Ascension and the FBI National Academy. In 2000 he was selected as a member of the Sheriff’s Office Crisis Response Team and was elected as a Reginal Representative for the Louisiana Tactical Police Officers Association in 2010. He now serves on the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Tactical Police Officers Association as the First Vice President. Lt. Col Capello has obtained numerous instructor certifications including: POST Firearms Instructor, PPCT Defensive Tactics Instructor, Verbal De-Escalation, POST Range Safety Officer, Active Shooter Instructor, FBI Instructor Development, Taser Instructor, OC Aerosol Instructor, Less Lethal Munitions Instructor, and Critical Incident Patrol Response Instructor.
Lt. Col. Capello is a graduate of Donaldsonville High School. He grew up and still resides in Donaldsonville with his wife, Mandy, and their two children, Madison and Trot.