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Paul Trouard Appointed As Interim City of Lafayette Chief of Police

May 31, 2024 11:20AM ● By News Desk

Paul Trouard, Interim Chief of the Lafayette Police Department:

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(Lafayette, LA) Lafayette Mayor-President Monique B. Boulet has announced the appointment of Paul Trouard as the Interim Chief of Police. Chief Trouard will lead the department during a transition period while a national search for a permanent candidate takes place. This comprehensive search will begin within the next 30 days, spearheaded by Chief Administrative Officer Rachel Godeaux.

Mayor-President Boulet revealed Trouard’s appointment at a public safety press conference this morning. “I have full confidence in Chief Trouard’s ability to lead our department as we initiate our search,” Boulet stated. “Our leadership at the Lafayette Police Department is exceptional, and our focus is on finding the right Chief for the position rather than making a hasty decision.”

Chief Trouard brings 27 years of dedicated law enforcement experience, having held various roles within the Lafayette Police Department. Most recently, he served as the Assistant to the Chief, demonstrating exceptional leadership throughout his tenure.

In addition to his distinguished career, Chief Trouard served as a Staff Sergeant in the Louisiana National Guard and holds numerous law enforcement certifications. His academic achievements include a master’s degree from Columbia Southern University, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and an Undergraduate Certificate in Criminal Justice from the University of Virginia. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Chief Trouard is committed to enhancing safety and security for Lafayette’s citizens. He aims to maintain steady leadership during this transitional period, focusing on delivering a highly trained, accountable, and community-oriented police force. “My expectation is that I expect perfection. If we chase perfection, we can achieve excellence,” Trouard stated. “Public safety is everyone’s responsibility, and we are always better when we work together.”

As Mayor-President Boulet embarks on a nationwide search for a new Chief of Police, a key stakeholder committee will be established, and a process for public input will commence.