The Training Unit serves a leadership role as the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office principal provider of excellent, interagency training of local law enforcement personnel and prepares new and experienced law enforcement professionals to fulfill their responsibilities in a safe manner and at the highest level of proficiency. The Training Unit will promote excellence in the user by employing state-of-the-art equipment and training, making a commitment to health and safety of emergency service personnel and supporting the needs of the greater community.
Training consists of all phases of law enforcement instruction, from defensive tactics, critical incident training, fair and impartial policing, firearms and high-speed vehicle operations, to legal case instructions and defendant interview techniques. The Training Unit delivers interagency training with optimal efficiency through the sharing of facilities, equipment and expertise which produces economies of scale available only from a consolidated law enforcement training organization. It is through consolidated training that the Training Unit can respond quickly to emerging training needs, readily adapt to new requirements and focus exclusively on training. The Training Unit currently provides law enforcement training to numerous law enforcement agencies and also trains state, local, tribal, campus, and federal law enforcement officers and agents.
The Training Unit is also home to the Acadiana Law Enforcement Training Academy (A.L.E.T.A.). The mission of the ALETA is to prepare each cadet, at the basic entry level, to assume the duties as a Peace Officer and provide the academic knowledge, skill sets, and physical abilities required to pass the Louisiana POST Council examination.
The number of agencies attending training, the number of students trained and the number of student-weeks delivered have steadily increased over LPSO’s training history. The LPSO Training Unit’s collaborative approach with other organizations will serve as the area’s centerpiece for training using research and education in a shared mission of protecting our democratic institutions, ensuring public safety, and preserving law and order. The Training Unit will strive to provide students with the highest quality training possible and will meet or exceed all Federal, State and Local guidelines.