Precinct Commander: Capt. Royce Starring
Geographically, Precinct 1 encompasses approximately 25% of the city limits of Lafayette. To the north and west, it borders are the city limit lines. The southern border mainly follows along Cameron Street, West University Avenue, St. Landry Street, Twin Oaks Boulevard, Girard Park Drive, St. Mary Street and Pinhook Road. The east border streets include the BNSF railroad from the East University underpass to West Simcoe, North Buchanan Street and the North West Evangeline Thruway north of the railroad tracks.
Precinct 1 is primarily residential and commercial. A majority of entertainment, shopping and nightlife is part of Precinct 1, mainly in the downtown area, Jefferson Street, and the McKinley Strip. Frontage Road is currently being developed on the Southside of I-10 between I-49 and Ambassador Caffery Parkway.
There are several school districts in Precinct 1; Alice Boucher Elementary, Evangeline Elementary, J. W. Faulk Elementary & Truman Elementary.
Precinct 1 is divided into 4 zones. There are 4 patrol shifts alternating with an average of 6 officers per shift.
The Lafayette Police Department has adopted the Com-Stat process. This enables the Precinct Commander to have more flexibility in asserting manpower where needed. Through Com-Stat, better communication has been developed between the various departments within Lafayette Parish. This has proven to be a viable tool in solving crime in all the Precincts. Officers are gathering more information, sharing this information through Com-Stat and are closing more cases because of this process. Com-Stat is working very well. There is only room for improvement.
Lafayette is rapidly growing. Having the Com-Stat process in place will allow or assist the Lafayette Police Department to grow with the city.