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DPS Police


Capitol Detail
DPS Police Captain
Captain Virginia Holmes

Lieutenant Stephenia Jackson
Executive Officer

(225) 219-4410
DPS/Capitol Police
DPS Police Captain
Captain Ed Middleton

Lieutenant Kevin Green
Executive Officer

(504) 361-6456
Physical Security
DPS Police Captain
Captain Danny Honeycutt

Lieutenant Eddie Fisher
Executive Officer

(225) 658-2150



DPS Police was established in 1974. At that time, DPS Police was charged with providing security at the Louisiana State Police Headquarters Compound and supervising inmates assigned to the State Police Inmate Barracks.

In 1996, the Louisiana State Police increased the scope of DPS Police responsibility to include providing security in and around the State Capitol. In 2001, the "old" Capitol Police was transferred from the Division of Administration and placed under the State Police. This unit, know as DPS/Capitol Police, is responsible for security in and around all state facilities located outside of the Capitol Complex. This includes facilities located in New Orleans, Lafayette, Alexandria, Shreveport, and Monroe.

In 2001, the department elected to place direct supervision over the three units. The department assigned the State Police Services' Major to oversee and give direct supervision to the three units. The department also implemented a state of the art communications room equipped with the latest video equipment necessary to monitor the State Capitol Complex and the Louisiana State Police Headquarters Complex.

Duties

  • Enforces all applicable state laws.

  • Provides security at the Louisiana State Police Headquarters Complex and at the State Capitol Complex to ensure the safety of those who either work or visit the two Complexes.

  • Provides crowd control during demonstrations and parades, directs traffic flow and investigates traffic crashes.

  • Provides dignitary protection.

  • Supervises Department of Corrections inmates assigned to the Louisiana State Police Barracks.

  • Investigates all criminal activity that occurs in and around the two complexes.

Mountain Bike / All Terrain Vehicles

DPS Police not only utilize conventional police patrol methods such as vehicle and foot patrols, but also all terrain vehicle and bicycle patrols to enhance our community related outreach programs. By adopting these methods, our officers become a part of the community they serve.



Communications

DPS Police has a communications center, which operates 24 hours a day, to provide access to local, state and federal Criminal Justice Information Systems. Communications is equipped with the latest equipment second to none which provides crucial information concerning public safety.



State Police Barracks Control Center

In 2003, DPS Police moved into its new prison facility located on the 1,760 acre State Police Training Facility near Zachary, La. Currently, the department can house up to 200 inmates at the new facility. The facility is also outfitted with the latest equipment to monitor inmate movement and movement over the entire 1,760 acre training facility. DPS Police is also responsible for the security of the facility and those who receive training there.

 


Qualifications

  • Must have attained eighteenth birthday at time of appointment.

  • Must possess a valid Louisiana driver’s license at time of appointment.

  • An applicant who has been convicted of a felony or who is under indictment on a felony charge will be disqualified until relief from the disabilities imposed by state and federal laws is granted.

  • The successful applicant will be required to attend and pass a Police Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certification school.

  • Must pass a thorough physical examination.

  • Must pass a minimum of 8 weeks with a Field Training Officer (FTO)

Benefits

  • Beginning minimum salary of $2130 per month.

  • Monthly expense account for uniform maintenance and footwear purchases.

  • Individually assigned patrol cars.

  • Shift differential pay of $0.50 per hour for night and weekend shifts.

  • Excellent medical and retirement benefits.

  • Vacation and sick leave accrued at an hourly rate.

  • A portion of the total cost of group life and health insurance is paid by the state.

  • Time and one half overtime.

  • Leave with pay for those officers belonging to a reserve component of the armed forces when placed on active military duty.

Retirement

DPS Officers contribute 9% of salary while on active duty. State matches 19.1%. Retirement pay is computed at 3.33% per year.

  • 10 years of service (at age 60) = 33.3% of regular salary

  • 25 years of service (at age 55) = 83.32% of regular salary

  • 30 years of service (at any age) = 99.99% of regular salary

  • Vacation and sick leave accrued at hourly rate