Internal Affairs

The Internal Affairs Section is responsible for the thorough, expeditious, and unbiased investigation of all complaints or cases involving the integrity of the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office.

This office is committed to assuring the highest standards of professionalism and employee behavior. It is the policy of the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office to conduct fair and impartial investigations of all complaints.

Internal Affairs Office

200 Dulles Dr.
Lafayette, LA 70506

Captain Todd Credeur

Registering a complaint with Internal Affairs

A system for handling and investigating all complaints and allegations is essential to establishing and maintaining the confidence of the citizens of Lafayette Parish. The system is designed to protect the integrity of the agency and protect the public from inappropriate behavior by Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s employees.

Per policy, all complaints against the office and its employees will be documented and investigated. This includes anonymous complaints.

Every effort shall be made to facilitate the convenient, courteous and prompt processing of citizen complaints. All Sheriff’s Office employees are charged with the responsibility of respectfully receiving all complaints that may be lodged against the office or any employee, regardless of nature.

When filing a complaint, it is important that the reporter remembers the name of the deputy or employee (if known), the date and time of the incident, the names of any available witnesses and the details or circumstances of the incident.

If the complaint is made in person, an Allegation of Employee Misconduct Form may need to be completed. This is especially important when the complaint involves allegations of serious misconduct. A written record of the complaint will be made if received by mail or telephone. In both cases, a copy of the Complaint Receipt Form will be issued to the reporter.

Following the assignment of the control number, Internal Affairs will send a letter notifying the reporter of the receipt of the complaint, the investigative contact person and the anticipated date of completion.

Whenever practical, supervisors will take corrective action to resolve complaints which result from misunderstanding, or need no investigation to resolve. In this instance, the results and findings will be forwarded to Internal Affairs. If a supervisor does not satisfactorily resolve such a complaint, it will be forwarded to Internal Affairs for investigation.

Complainants are notified in writing and an investigation follows.

Completed Investigations

Investigations are generally completed within 30 days of receiving a complaint but may take up to 60 days. The employee’s chain of command, division head and the Director of Human Resources review completed investigations of serious misconduct.

In cases where misconduct occurred, disciplinary action will follow. Depending on the findings and the seriousness of the misconduct, the range of possible discipline includes counseling, remedial training, written reprimand, suspension without pay, demotion in rank and pay or termination of employment.