Lafayette Parish Sheriff


The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office is recognized statewide as a proactive and innovative law enforcement agency.  Its public safety efforts include a variety of evidence-based community crime prevention and corrections programs, including educational intervention and leadership outreach for juveniles as well as educational, counseling, training, rehabilitation, and work programs for offenders prior to release. 

The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office holds seven major national and/or international accreditations, received from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), the American Correctional Association (ACA), National Council for Correctional Health Care (NCCHC), and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).   The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office is only one of 36 sheriff’s offices nationally to have earned the Triple Crown Award for accreditation from the National Sheriffs Association

I.  Powers

The Lafayette Parish Sheriff is a part of the Louisiana judicial structure.  The Sheriff is a separate elected official of Lafayette Parish.

The Sheriff is elected by the voters of the parish, and serves a four (4) year term with no term limits. To qualify for election he must have resided in the state for the preceding two (2) years and been domiciled for the preceding year in the parish in which he seeks office.

The Louisiana Constitution mandates these roles:
  1. Chief law enforcement officer of the parish
  2. Executive civil and criminal court orders and act as a process server
  3. Collector of state and parish ad valorem taxes and license fees “as provided by law.”

As the chief law enforcement officer of the parish, the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office provides both civil and criminal law enforcement services, patrol, dispatch and criminal investigation for all residents of Lafayette Parish.   However in order to not duplicate services provided by other law enforcement agencies, it primarily performs these services for the unincorporated areas of the parish. Its Communications Center provides dispatch communication for the Sheriff’s Office, as well as police departments of the towns of Broussard, Carencro, Duson, Scott and Youngsville.

The sheriff is the keeper of the Lafayette Parish Correctional  Center, and the provider of all medical and mental health care and transportation for offenders.


As the executor of court orders and process server, the sheriff’s office

 

(1)  serves court orders for the district courts.  Under Louisiana law the office of the sheriff has primary responsibility to serve and endorse all the actual papers served by any process server as being in legal compliance for the Clerk of Court to file in the  case record.  Types of papers served include divorce, bank garnishment of wages, various types of restraining orders, eviction orders, summons and petitions, and a number of others.  The sheriff is the provider of court security, seizor of property to satisfy a court order, conductor of public auction sales for real properties in foreclosure, and more. 

 

(2)   operates a criminal warrant division to track and arrest wanted felons.

 

As the ex officio tax collector, the sheriff is responsible for collecting and distributing ad valorem (property) taxes, parish occupational license fees, state revenue sharing funds, sportsmen’s licenses and fines, costs, and bond forfeitures imposed by the District Court. These funds are carried as Fiduciary Funds, a trust agreement between the sheriff as collector and the agency which is to receive the funds, and are listed separately from the operating expenses of the Sheriff’s office.

 

  1. Sheriff’s Fund: collections from civil suits, garnishments, etc.
    2. Tax Collector Fund: Article V., Section 27, LA Constitution
    3. Deputy Fund: fees from vending machines and other deputy activities for holding and disbursements
    4. Bond Fund: handles bonds, fines, costs, and payments
    5. Prison Inmate Fund: hold and account for prisoner’s deposits
    6. Evidence Fund: holds assets seized during arrests until final resolution achieved

 

The sheriff is solely responsible for the operations of his office, personnel, budgeting, and any deficits.  The sheriff hires departmental heads and the deputy sheriffs and is responsible for their actions.  The sheriff ensures the deputies are trained.  The sheriff’s office employs more than 800 deputies and supporting staff.

Qualifications for Election

 

The Sheriff is elected by the voters of Lafayette Parish, and serves a four (4) year term with no term limits. To qualify for election the candidate must have resided in the state for the preceding two (2) years and been domiciled for the preceding year in the parish in which the candidate seeks office.   For many years those elected have had professional degrees and considerable related experience.





II.  Services

There are six (6) major areas of responsibility: Administrative Services answering directly to the Sheriff, and five Divisions with each head answering directly to the Sheriff.

Administrative Services
consists of the Sheriff's Executive Staff which includes an administrative assistant, a communications coordinator and the assistant to the sheriff  who serves as a community liaison.

Enforcement, headed by an Enforcement Commander

A. Patrol Shifts handle all areas of the parish with a focus on the unincorporated areas, enforcing criminal and traffic laws, responding to calls, and conducting preliminary investigations of crimes.

B. Support for Patrol

1. K-9 Unit
2. Field Training Program for deputies entering the Department
3. Reserves, unpaid volunteers (including Explorer Post 500 of the Boy Scouts)
4. Sheriff’s Team for Advanced Response (S.T.A.R.), analyzes crime trends and develops strategies to combat them; assists patrol and investigation as requested
5. Communications system of response and dispatch, involving telephone and radio communications and the NCIC/LLETS computer system (National Crime Information Center/Louisiana Law Enforcement Agency)
6. Contract security services to University Hospital & Clinics and the Lafayette Regional Airport

C. Criminal Investigation Department primarily handles follow-up investigations of felonies

          1.  Crimes against people
          2.  Crimes against property
3. Cold Case Investigator
4. Juvenile and Burglary/Theft Units
5. Metro Forensic Investigation
6. Intelligence Unit with a Crime Analyst
7. District Attorney Investigator
8. Metro Narcotics Task force, a cooperative unit drawn from both the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office and the Lafayette City Police
9. Maintains file copies and executes criminal warrants
10 Collects, stores, catalogs and handles disposition of all seized evidence and property turned over to the evidence custodian
11 A.F.I.S. (Automated Fingerprint Identification System)—maintains and disseminates all fingerprint records received through the Correctional Center and satellite receiving centers.
D.  Community Services/Community Liaison seeks to instruct and assist the
      public in prevention and combating crimes

1. Speaker’s programs, self-defense courses, target practice
2. Special programs for the elderly and at-risk youth
3. Service and adventure opportunities for middle-school youths
4. Crossing guards
5. Funeral escorts
6. Victim Services coordinator serves as liaison between victims
     and investigators and handles the Crime Victims Reparations
     program
7. Problem Oriented Policing (POP)
8. Tipsy Taxi

E.  Public Information Office/Civil
                      1. Acts as the liaison between Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office
                          and the news media, including formal releases of information
                          and the Crimestoppers program
                      2. Enforcing the Civil Process by serving all civil and criminal
                          court papers, conducts auctions, and seizes property pursuant
                          to court orders


Human Resources Division, managed by Human Resources Director, hires employees and is responsible for handling career movement.

Responsible for the policies and procedures to maintain national accreditation through the Commission for the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)

Internal Affairs investigates and maintains the records of charges of wrongdoing involving members of the department. It also includes a polygraphist who conducts pre-employment and investigatory polygraph evaluations.

Training and Professional Development Division, managed by the Training Director, handles all the in-service training mandated by law or policy and the new training, disciplinary training, and any training deemed necessary by outside providers.

Law Enforcement Training Academy conducts P.O.S.T. (Peace Officer Standard Training) approved basic training for corrections and enforcement recruit training.

Special Services supervises offender workers at the Community Training Center and the processing of vegetables from the Sheriff’s Office farm.

Finance Division, headed by the Chief Financial Officer, coordinates all financial matters of the Department, payroll disbursements, purchases, and other expenses, and prepares all budgetary requests and reports required by the Sheriff. It manages a budget in excess of $60,000,000 annually and a payroll for the 800+ full and part-time employees and deputies. It handles insurance, purchasing, inventory, and bonding funds.

The tax department collects and distributes all property taxes as required by law.

The information systems section operates, maintains, and updates the computer system and acquires and updates all communication equipment.

The mobile equipment section is responsible for the Lafayette Parish
 Sheriff's Office's  fleet of vehicles.

The records section maintains a centralized record system of all offense and incident reports filed by LPSO deputies, arrest reports, traffic reports, traffic citations, fingerprint cards, and all necessary files and systems for criminal information storage, retrieval, archiving, and disposition.

Civil Process Actions and Administrative Oversight

Risk Management

The Corrections Division,  managed by the Director of Corrections, has as its mission to safely house and care for offenders through effective oversight of the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center-booking, identification, and housing services and all of the associated offender management, treatment and training programs, including alternative sentencing programs and monitoring.  The Corrections Division handles over 12,000 arrests each year.  It also manages and provides court bailiffs for order in the court, handling juries, and providing services as necessary for the courts, and provides entrance security and control for the Lafayette Parish Courthouse.

Its program and operations  are housed in several facilities:

The Correctional Facility, includes kitchen, commissary, visitation facilities for attorneys and official visitors, space for rehabilitation programs, job-seeking information, offender high school graduation equivalency and literacy education, mental health and substance abuse counseling services, a chapel for a variety of religious services, open booking intake area, recreation areas, and basic medical treatment facilities.  The Intake and Records Section also in the Correctional Center is the liaison between the Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections and the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center. 

The Corrections Campus houses diversion programs, such as the Alternative Sentencing Program and the Reentry Program and the services to support program participants, including high school graduation equivalency and literacy classes, mental health and substance abuse counseling, job employment search support, and life skills training.  The campus also houses Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office Drug Testing Services and the Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC), which processes most juvenile arrests in the parish and access to diversion programs.

The Training Center on St. Antoine Street houses the Youth Services Department, which provides programs for at risk youth, such as Check and Connect for  mentoring middle and high school youth, Milestones teaching skills to fight substance abuse, Family Functional Therapy, addressing juvenile behavioral issues in a family setting., and a middle and high school summer camp.

The Public Safety Complex (PSC) houses the Transitional Housing Facility for soon-to-be released offenders who are employed or looking to be employed in the private sector at their own cost with pay earned within the program and a savings program, along with LAPCORR, the inmate industries and work crew services for learning marketable job skills.

The Treatment Program Department's Acadiana Recovery Center (ARC) and other programs  provide inpatient and outpatient substance abuse and mental health treatment and care in and outside the Correctional Center.


III.  Money - Budget and Funding

  As a separate, elected parish official, the Sheriff is financially independent, other than certain operating expenditures of the office paid or provided by the Lafayette Consolidated Government as required by the Louisiana Constitution.   The Sheriff currently receives income of 16.79 mills from Lafayette Parish residents and a sales tax of 1% on qualified sales in the unincorporated areas of the parish.  and is solely responsible for the operations of his office, personnel, budgeting, deficits, and the receipt and disbursements of funds.

The Chief Financial Officer prepares the budget and submits it to the sheriff at least 15 days before the beginning of the fiscal year.

A summary is published and the public notified of its availability. A public hearing is called.

Public hearing is held at least ten (10) days after the public notification.

After the public hearing, adjustments are made and finalized, and the budget is legally adopted prior to the commencement of the new fiscal year.

Total Actual Expenditures: $59,767,173

Revenues by percentage*:
Ad Valorem Taxes: 53.6%
Sales Taxes: 11.2%
State Revenue Sharing: 1.5.%
State Supplemental Pay: 3.6%
Other General Revenues: 2.0%
Intergovernmental Revenue: 2.8%
Fees for Service: 25.0%
Interest Income: 0.2%
Miscellaneous: 0.1%
 TOTAL: 100%
                                               *2014  Legislative Audit, p. 7

Expenditures by type:
Personnel services and related benefits: 74.7%
Operating services: 8.7%
Materials and supplies: 2.3%
Prisoner feeding and maintenance: 5.5%
Capital Outlay  5.8%
Debit Service 2.1%
Other  0.9%
TOTAL: 100%

Legislative Audit, 2014, p. 48

INTERGOVERNMENTAL COOPERATION:
  • The Sheriff and the Lafayette Police Chief lead the Metro Narcotic and Metro Forensics, utilizing the facilities of both.
  • State Police
  • Lafayette Parish Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee
  • State Attorney General
  • U. S. Dept. of Justice
  • FBI Louisiana
  • Louisiana National Guard
  • Lafayette Parish School Board
  • State Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association
  • Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement
  • Lafayette Parish Assessor’s Office
  • Lafayette Marshall’s Office
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • There is also much cooperation between the Sheriff's department and local non-profit agencies, offering a variety of public services.


Sources

Keith Sibille, Chief Financial Officer

Julio Naudin, Communication Coordinator

Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office General Orders, Chapter: Administration, Subject Organizational Structure, PP. 1-10, Revised 5-30-2008
Web site: www.lafayettesheriff.com
Louisiana Legislative Audit, 2014
Louisiana State Constitution, Sect. V: 27
Louisiana Revised Statutes 33: 1421,1422, 1423, 33:1430-1436, 33: 1420-36, 33:1437-39, 33: 1444, 1447, 15: 704, 705, 706, RS 42: 1052, RS42:2052, RS 18: 451.2


Updated September, 2015

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