Lafayette, (population of more than 120,000) is the 4th largest city in Louisiana. Lafayette is located on Interstates 10 and 49, 129 miles west of New Orleans and 229 miles east of Houston, Texas. The moderate climate in Lafayette allows year-round outdoor activities. Because of tremendous fishing and hunting sites available statewide, Louisiana is called the "Sportsman's Paradise". Known as "The Heart of Acadiana", Lafayette has a rich French heritage blended with Spanish, American, Indian, and African influences. This progressive city represents a colorful combination of life styles.
Lafayette's unique cultural heritage offers the setting for South Louisiana Cajuns "descendants of the French Acadian" to put into practice their treasured expression "Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez" ("Let the good times roll"), as well as its world famous haute cuisine (good eating), which is a subtle blending of herbs and spices, created within the State of Louisiana.
Lafayette is home of the University of Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns®. While offering an outstanding athletic program, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette offers a wide curriculum that has achieved excellence in many areas, including Criminal Justice. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Graduate School offers 35 Master's Degrees and 7 Doctorate Degrees.
Lafayette has 5 major medical facilities: Lafayette General Medical Center, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Regional Medical Center of Acadiana, Women and Children's Hospital, and University Hospital and Clinics.
Today, the Lafayette Consolidated Government continues to move forward, as it supports the Lafayette Police Department's efforts to become a model law enforcement agency for the future. The Lafayette Police Department currently is utilizing the LA Crash program to work crashes and has a completely wireless and paperless reporting system.
In continuing its commitment of excellence to its citizens, the Lafayette Police Department offers a variety of career opportunities in the following areas: