Chief Reginald Thomas, Lafayette Police Department
Mayor-President Joel Robideaux named Chief Thomas as Lafayette's Interim Police Chief on Feb. 23, 2016.
Chief Thomas is a 25 year veteran of the Lafayette Police Department and a graduate of the FBI National Academy. On Jan. 17, 2015, Thomas was promoted to Captain and named as the Commander of Precinct Four headquartered on Moss Street.
Upon appointing Chief Thomas, Mayor-President Robideaux had this to say; “I am pleased to name a veteran member of the department to this position. I am appreciative to Chief Thomas for accepting this post and once again stepping up for the department and the community. He is an ideal candidate because of his experience at nearly every assignment within the department and because of the respect he has among his peers within the department.”
Among other leadership positions, Chief Thomas has served as the Supervisor of the Officer Involved Shooting Team and has been previously elected by his peers to serve as their representative on the Civil Service Board. As a supervisor in the Criminal Investigations Division, Thomas has led, as well as supervised, investigations of major crimes. Among other leadership positions he has served as the Supervisor of the Officer Involved Shooting Team, currently serves at the President of the Louisiana Chapter of the FBI National Academy Association, and was instrumental in obtaining and managing a grant for the department for the Violence Against Women Act.
Thomas stated his goal as chief is to “lead the Lafayette City Police Department with the input and support of the Lafayette community. It is my sincere belief that without a strong community relationship in this modern era of policing, we will not be successful. Your police department will be led with accountability and honesty at every rank, both within the department and within our community.”
Chief Thomas stepped in as interim chief when Police Chief Jim Craft retired on Jan. 31, 2016.