Captain Luke Fontenot Chief of Investigations
Captain Fontenot was raised in Ville Platte La. and is a graduate of Sacred Heart High School. Immediately after high school in the year 1999, Captain Fontenot received a music scholarship at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he obtained a Bachelor Degree in General Studies with a concentration in Criminal Justice. During college, Captain Fontenot was a member of the UL marching band and joined the University of Louisiana Police Department's Student Officer Program where he remained until the completion of his college education.
After college, Captain Fontenot was employed with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office under Sheriff Michael Newstrom for approximately ten years. During his years of service, Captain Fontenot was assigned to the Uniform Patrol Division and the Crimes Against Persons' Criminal Investigations Division. Following his service with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office, Captain Fontenot was employed with the Crowley Police Department and served as a Criminal Investigator for approximately six years. He was later given the opportunity by Sheriff Charles Guillory to return to his home parish in order to manage and supervise the Criminal Investigation Division within the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office.
The mission of the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office Investigation Division is to effectively serve and protect the communities with, professional and impartial investigation of crimes, violent activity, and criminal complaints. We focus on excellence in the preparation of those cases referred to the District Attorney for prosecution.
The Investigations Division has numerous duties and responsibilities, including but not limited to property crimes such as fraud or burglary, as well as personal crimes, such as homicides, assaults, and domestic violence. Investigators follow up on investigations of reports taken by Patrol Deputies. Cases are generated through police reports from the public, pro-active investigations, and crime tips received from the public. For the most part, these investigations are mainly for felony crimes. This includes everything such as theft, homicide, narcotics, and the execution of various search warrants.
Lt. Dwayne Ledoux
Detective Don Lirette
Detective Neal Lartigue
Detective Danon Maricle
Detective Patrick Gaspard