After a long search, Lafayette Mayor and President Josh Guillory has appointed a new permanent chief to take over the Lafayette Police Department.
Lafayette Consolidated Government announced late Friday afternoon that Captain Judith Estorge will take the helm at LPD. She is the first female police chief in the history of the Lafayette Police Department.
“I am proud to serve our community and the officers of the Lafayette Police Department,” Estorge said in the release. “And I thank Mayor-President Josh Guillory and the selection committees for giving me the responsibility to protect and serve the citizens of Lafayette.”
A native of Lafayette, Estorge also attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. While there, she studied criminal justice and eventually joined the department in 1993.
“She served as a patrol officer, traffic officer, detective in the criminal investigation department, sergeant of Precinct 3 and commander of the watch. estorge is the commander of Precinct 4 where she is responsible for overseeing a staff of 25 patrol officers, 4 sergeants, 1 lieutenant and 1 administrative assistant,” the LCG announced in its release.
“One of my goals,” Estorge said, “is to build relationships in the community and try my best to work together to solve our common problems. When police and community work together, we build trust. We rely on our citizens to provide information about crime in their neighborhoods, and we want them to trust us. Together we can make a difference.”
Guillory made the choice after weeks of narrowing down the candidates. The department had been without a permanent head since the bureau’s previous proprietor, Thomas Glover, Sr., was ousted after Guillory and his bureau lost confidence in Glover’s ability to lead LPD.
“I want to thank everyone involved in the interview process,” Guillory said in Friday’s publication. “I’m confident that Captain estorge will have all the qualities necessary to lead the LPD as its next chief.”
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