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Lafayette Police Department Recognized for Diversity Seeking Efforts

Jun 19, 2018 01:32PM ● By Staff Writer
Since January 2016, with the help of Deputy Chief Reginald Thomas, the Lafayette Police Department has raised the department’s percentage of qualified minority officers from 11%, to 22%.

At the 2018 annual awards luncheon in Alexandria, the Magnolia State Peace Officers Association recognized the LPD for their diversity efforts and their commitment to their citizens by diversifying the department.

“Every child who is raised in Lafayette should be able to look at their police department and see an officer who looks like they do,” said Chief Toby Aguillard.

The LPD is looking for all qualified candidates with college, military, and/or prior law enforcement in their backgrounds to apply for a position with their department. Regardless of gender, race, sexuality or faith, the LPD wants people to know they are welcome to apply.

“The goal of our recruitment efforts has been to create an increasingly diverse police force that is representative of our city. Diversity is now something that officers at all levels of the department think about, realize the importance of, and strive to improve,” said Chief Toby Aguillard.
When Interim Chief of Police Reginald Thomas took over the department in January of 2016, the department’s percentage of minority officers was at 11%. Recruitment efforts and a continued priority focus by both Deputy Chief Thomas and Chief Aguillard have brought the percentage of minority officers up to 22% currently. 

Thanks to the Magnolia State Peace Officers Association for recognizing our efforts in minority recruitment. Anyone interested in accepting the challenge of becoming a Lafayette Police Officer should contact the recruiting office at 337 291-8663.