News Release

Lafayette Police Department CALEA Emblem

Toby Aguillard, Chief of Police
900 East University Ave.
P.O. Box 4308
Lafayette, LA 70502
Contact: P.O. Karl Ratcliff
Public Information Officer
Office: (337) 291-8617
Fax: (337) 291-8665​


Date/Time: 12/21/2016 3:00 PM
Community Policing Slows Increases in Shoplifting

Lafayette, LA— The Lafayette Police Department has seen a decrease in the rise of shoplifting.  The change is attributed to many factors including the efforts of the Lafayette Police Department’s C.O.P.S. (Community Oriented Policing Squad). The C.O.P.S unit was implemented by Deputy Chief Reginald Thomas in early 2016 when shoplifting was at an increase of 40.63% for the month (March) compared to the previous year. The unit consists of designated officers who work on specific community policing projects.  After 9 months of work by the unit, there have been 242 shoplifters arrested and a 5.36% decrease in shoplifting for the month (November) compared to the previous year. The C.O.P.S. officers have helped to turn a corner in the efforts against shoplifting by participating in monthly meetings and bulletins with local retailers.  The unit has also worked with the City Prosecutor’s Office and the District Attorney’s office to prosecute repeat offenders.  The C.O.P.S. unit will continue these efforts and be out in full force throughout the holiday season.


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