At the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, we are a family of approximately 750 committed, compassionate individuals with a passion for public service.
Since the start of my service as Sheriff to the people of Lafayette Parish, I have dedicated a great deal of our efforts and resources to mastering what I consider to be the core functions of our agency. These foundational responsibilities are criminal law enforcement, tax collection, service of process and management of our correctional facilities.
I have reorganized the overall structure of this agency, rendering it better-staffed and equipped for law enforcement operations.
As a result, the number of deputies patrolling the parish has doubled. This, in turn, has helped to foster an environment conducive to quicker response to calls for service and more proactive citizen contacts. Our patrol model has been shifted to a geographic, community approach wherein a designated group of deputies and their supervisors are assigned to patrol the same area of the parish each shift. This approach quickly enhanced the rapport and level of trust among residents and deputies; and continues to encourage cooperation and participation from victims and witnesses as well as increased suspect apprehensions.
Increased staffing in the Patrol Division has also proven to alleviate pressure from the Criminal Investigations Division. Patrol deputies are able to follow through with an investigation to the point of conclusion, thereby allowing my investigators to spend more time and resources on major and/or complex cases.
Reorganization has also had a positive impact on our Corrections Division. Shifts are now manned with the appropriate number of deputies to both supervise inmates and manage our various correctional facilities. These conditions contribute to a better and safer working environment for my staff, and have helped reduce employee turnover in the division. We have been proud to see an increase in the number of deputies opting to stay in corrections instead of transitioning into patrol or leaving for oil field jobs.
As public servants in Lafayette Parish we are humbled by the level of support we receive from a community we are so proud to protect and serve. On behalf of myself and the dedicated men and women of the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, we thank you for allowing us the privilege to serve and protect you and your family.