900 East University Avenue
Lafayette LA 70502

Contact: Sr. Cpl. Bridgette P. Dugas
Phone: 337-291-8600
Email: BPDugas@LafayetteLA.gov

POLICE CHIEF: Thomas Lee Glover Sr.

As a Communications Officer

The Lafayette Police Department staffs a communications section that is equipped with the latest technology. All Communications officers are trained in the operation of the CAD (computer-aided dispatch), police radio system and the state computer. Applicant’s seeking employment should be able to multi-task, think quickly and calmly, with accuracy while handling emergencies. They must have the ability to communicate clearly and concisely with the public as well as fellow employees.


Police Communications officer duties include:

  • Dispatching (CAD)
  • Classifying calls for service
  • Monitoring police radio traffic
  • Keeping track of police locations
  • Operation of State Computers
  • Maintaining records
  • Processing citizen complaints
  • Free to work 12 hour shifts
  • And many other related duties

Communication Officers are provided with uniforms.

Vacation is earned at the following rate 6 months but less than 5 years, 96 hours; 5 years but less than 10 years, 120 hours; 10 years but less than 15 years, 144 hours; 15 years but less than 20 years, 168 hours; 20 years and over, 192 hours. The initial earning of leave and future increases will begin on the first day of the first pay period after completion of six months of continuous service and thereafter, the applicable continuous service anniversary date.

Currently, the annual salary for an entry-level communications officer is $32,000 per annum. Employees are paid biweekly, working an 80-hour pay period with alternating weekends off.

Sick Leave
Employee is able to accrued sick leave.

Health Insurance
A health insurance plan is extended to the employees, along with a free life insurance policy.

Deferred Compensation
The Lafayette Consolidated Government also offers an employee the opportunity to become a member of PEBSCO, which is an optional retirement benefit program. This is a deferred compensation program ( pretax dollar plan ) that allows employees to make contributions to the plan. These contributions are not taxed until withdrawn.


The Lafayette Consolidated Government recognizes 10 holidays per year. These holidays are listed below:

  • New Years’ Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Mardi Gras Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Acadian Day
  • Christmas Day

Life Insurance
The Lafayette Consolidated Government provided life insurance for the employee. The amount of the insurance is calculated by multiplying the annual salary by two.

Employees with the Lafayette Police Department belong to the Municipal Police Employees Retirement System. The retirements are as follows: 20yrs----66 2/3% at age 50, 25yrs----83 1/3% at any age, and 30yrs----99.9% at any age.

Basic requirements:

  • 18 years old or over.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must have a minimum of a high school diploma or GED.
  • Must present certificate verifying at least two computer/word processing classes (High School/vocational/technical or college)
  • Score 75% or higher on the Civil Service Test.
  • No criminal history.
  • Valid driver's license.
  • Each accepted applicant will go through a screening process consisting of:
    • Submit a complete application
    • Preliminary polygraph interview
    • Polygraph examination
    • Background investigations
    • Oral interview
    • Psychological examination
    • Examination

IF YOU THINK BEING A POLICE COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER IS FOR YOU, PLEASE CALL Sgt. Nicole Oakes at (337) 291-8663 or email at recruitlpd@lafayettela.gov.