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Applicants for Lafayette Police chief are all from Acadiana

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Posted at 7:00 PM, Jul 08, 2020

LAFAYETTE, La. — The Lafayette Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board has received several applications from local law enforcement officers for the position of Chief of Police of the Lafayette Police Department that it has approved for further consideration.

The position has been vacant since the beginning of the year when former LPD Chief Toby Aguillard announced he would resign following Mayor-President Josh Guillory’s request for him to do so.

In January, Guillory said on his radio call-in show that he asked for the police chief's resignation in part because of administrative strife with Lafayette Parish Sheriff Mark Garber.

Aguillard resigned the same day that Guillory was sworn into office, and Lt. Scott Morgan was announced as the interim police chief. Guillory had previously stated his intent to replace the incumbent police chief with a new candidate.

Candidates for the position each have several years of law enforcement experience and a bachelor’s degree.

Lt. Eric Burson is a retired LSP lieutenant who currently works as an accident reconstructionist for A&M Forensics and Engineering and as a part-time deputy with the crash response team of LPSO. Burson has 25 years of law enforcement experience, having served as an LSP trooper, sergeant, and lieutenant in various roles, including as a detective and with the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. He holds a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Southwestern Louisiana.

Sgt. Wayne Griffin of Scott currently serves as the LPD public information officer and has 18 years of law enforcement experience. Griffin also served three years as an armored truck driver and four years in the United States Marine Corps. Griffin has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Louisiana State University at Alexandria and a master’s degree in business administration from Husson University in Maine.

Guy LeBreton of Cade is a retired lieutenant watch commander who has worked for LPD since 1994. LeBreton has a combined 27 years of law enforcement experience with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and a master’s degree in homeland security from Northwestern State University.

Sgt. Paul Trouard of Opelousas is currently a Lafayette Police Department sergeant, and has worked with LPD since 1997. Trouard has worked with LPD as a patrol officer, a field training officer, a detective, and an officer-involved shooting supervisor. He has a total of 23 years of law enforcement experience. Trouard holds a bachelor's degree in general studies from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Trouard also received 400 hours of training at the FBI National Academy in Virginia.

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