The Lafayette Police Department is divided into 4 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.

Patrol Division

The Patrol Division is the backbone of department operations. It is the largest division as well as being the most visible of the 4divisions. The Patrol Division consists mainly of 4 alternating 12 hour shifts (Red days, Red Nights, Blue days and Blue nights). Several of the special units are also coordinated and supervised through the Uniform Division.

Investigations 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 2 main sections:
  • Criminal
  • Juvenile

Special Operations 

In 2018, the police department created a forth division to accompany Patrol, Detectives, and Administration.  The new division was called the Special Operations Division.  It includes specialized units which do not neatly fall within the other three divisions.  Included in this division:

  • Tippecanoe Drug Task Force
  • Analysis and Response Center 
  • Street Crimes Unit
  • Highway Interdiction Team
  • Crime Analysis Unit
  • Dispatch Center
  • Traffic
  • IDACS/NCIC compliance civilians 

Administrative Services Division

The Administrative Services Division is the smallest of the 4 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 3 divisions in reaching their goals. Administrative Services is responsible for:

  • Evidence
  • Property
  • Records

Personnel Hierarchy

A Captain commands each of the 4 divisions. The Chief and Deputy Chief command the overall operations of the department. The department consists of 148 sworn officers and 50 civilian support staff.