Training & Professional Standards Division
Major Rick Chargois
The mission of the Training and Professional Standards Division is to provide training, including continuing and advanced training, for Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office personnel and our community. The Training and Professional Standards Division is responsible for training both new personnel and incumbents as well as providing advanced training opportunities through external providers for Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office personnel and other area law enforcement agencies. Training is provided in the following areas: firearms, defensive tactics, first aid and CPR, effective communication, legal updates, supervisory training, drug identification, stress management and conflict resolution, as well as many other areas. The Training and Professional Standards Division also conducts the LPSO Reserve Academy and the LPSO Corrections Academy. In July, 2003, the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office began a partnership with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to operate the Acadiana Law Enforcement Training Academy (A.L.E.T.A.) .
The Training and Professional Standards Division, located at the Sheriff's Community Training Center - 1825 West Willow Street in Lafayette also conducts training for the community by offering classes for area citizens such as Streetwise Self Defense for Women, Civilian Firearms, and Hunter Education. Other programs operating at the Sheriff's Community Training Center include LPSO After School Tutoring, Sheriff's Civilian Academy, AVEC Les Enfants Safe Visitation Center, and the CARETECH Computer Tutoring Program.