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Today, the Lafayette Police Department is swearing-in and welcoming two new police officers, Neil Cain and Matthew Santerre. With these additions, the police department will now be at full staff and at the allotted strength of 142 officers. Since January of 2015, the Lafayette Police Department has hired 31 officers. The hiring strategy has followed an extensive process to identify qualified potential applicants, without lowering the standards necessary to provide the highest level of public safety service possible.
In the fall of 2015, Mayor Tony Roswarski and Chief Patrick Flannelly announced comprehensive crime prevention and community safety initiatives. In January 2016, with cooperation from the Lafayette City Council, the mayor and chief began implementing these comprehensive, multi-department initiatives.
To date, the following law enforcement aspects of the plan have been completed:
In addition to the areas mentioned, being at full staff now allows the Lafayette Police Department to address the specific needs of the community’s crime issues and further strengthen its focus on areas identified in the crime prevention and community safety initiatives. The following details the open positions which will be filled within the coming months:
Community engagement continues to be a priority for the Lafayette Police Department. Our ongoing communication and valuable partnerships with the public across a variety of social media platforms continue to organically increase at an impressive rate. Membership on Nextdoor now encompasses more than 21% of Lafayette households and nearly 10,000 members. People continue to explore and utilize our Nixle alert system, Twitter feed, and Instagram account to interact with their police department more than ever before.
The Lafayette Police Department is passionately dedicated to public safety, crime reduction, and to the full implementation of the initiatives first presented to the community by Mayor Roswarski and Chief Flannelly. In a new era of policing, our vow to protect and serve is driven by our commitment to collaborate and engage with the citizens that call Lafayette home. Community participation is an essential piece of crime prevention that sends a clear, steadfast message that crime will not be tolerated.