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LPD Deputy Chief Reginald Thomas announces retirement

Posted at 6:51 PM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 19:53:36-04

LAFAYETTE, La. — The Lafayette Police Department announced on Wednesday that Deputy Chief Reginald Thomas was retiring after 30 years in law enforcement.

Thomas served as LPD Interim Chief and Deputy Chief since 2016.

According to a release from LPD, Thomas started his career at the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office where he served for five years.

Thomas has more than 30 years of dedicated law enforcement experience, and has served honorably in the Air Force Reserve for 10 years.

LPD states that in his years of service, Thomas has worked and supervised in every section throughout the police department.

According to LPD, Thomas created a team dedicated specifically to solving homicides while serving as Interim Chief. And since creating the team, the percentage of unsolved homicides within the department has been raised to more than 90%, bringing the number of homicides committed down by more than 50%.

As Interim Chief and Deputy Chief, Thomas spearheaded a major reorganization of the department to better utilize existing staff and has initiated plans to increase staff to be able to better serve the citizens of Lafayette.

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