Retired Lafayette Parks Police Chief Oscar Benoit has joined the Lafayette Parish sheriff's Office as Community Services Outreach Liaison.
The Sheriff’s Office made the announcement of Benoit's addition on Thursday, October 22.
In his role, the sheriff's office says that Benoit will work to strengthen connections between the Sheriff’s Office and the community through collaboration with other local officials, spiritual leaders and all the citizens in the parish.
LPSO says that Benoit follows in his father’s footsteps to work with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Benoit served under the Parks and Recreation Department beginning in 1980 where he became Lafayette Parks Police Chief. He retired from his position in August of this year.
As Police Chief of Lafayette parks, Benoit was responsible for keeping the 30+ Parks and Recreation facilities throughout the parish safe, orderly and peaceful for the community.
The sheriff's office says that Benoit has received multiple awards and honors throughout his career and personal life. Accomplishments include being named Officer of the Year by the Magnolia State Peace Officers Association and Man of the Year by the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office. Benoit was also presented the Keys to the City of Lafayette by former City-Parish President Joey Durel.
"Through his decades of law enforcement experience and intimate connection with the families whom make up our community, the Sheriff’s Office is confident his addition to the staff will help us to continue to provide the highest level of service our residents know and deserve," the sheriff's office says.
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