The Lafayette Police Department is divided into 3 divisions, each 1 being responsible for different duties. Each division may then be subdivided into 2 or more specialized sections performing functions in support of the objectives unique to the division while advancing the overall goals of the department's. View our mission, core values and vision.
The Uniform Division is the backbone of department operations. It is the largest division as well as being the most visible of the 3 divisions. It is also frequently referred to as our Patrol Division. The Patrol Division has 3 main sections:
Several of the special units are also coordinated and supervised through the Uniform Division.
The Investigations Division (Detectives) is the 2nd largest of the 2 enforcement divisions. It is smaller and less visible to the public but no less important in helping the department achieve its goal of service to the community. A primary difference between officers assigned to patrol and officers who work as detectives is that detectives can take the necessary time to bring a case to conclusion while patrol officers often perform initial investigations but are then expected to be available for the next emergency call. This division has 3 main sections:
Administrative Services Division
The Administrative Services Division is the smallest of the 3 divisions but it provides much of the "grease" that keeps the gears of justice running in a smooth fashion. Administrative Services officers are seldom involved in enforcement functions but the duties they perform assist the other 2 divisions in reaching their goals. The Records section is a part of Administrative Services.
A Captain commands each of the 3 divisions and the Chief and Deputy Chief command the overall operations of the department. The department consists of 137 sworn officers and 31 civilian support staff.