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Crisis Response

Captain Mark Richards, Commander


Captain Mark Richards
Phone: 225-922-0680
Fax: 225-922-1555


The Crisis Response Command is comprised of the Emergency Operations Center, the Headquarters Consolidated Communications Unit, and Mobile Command Posts. The Crisis Response Command provides the highest level of operational support to all sections of the Louisiana State Police, as well as, local, state, and federal agencies.




Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

7667 Independence Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Phone: 225-287-7704
Fax: 225-922-1555

The Louisiana State Police Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is a state-of-the-art command and control center co-located with the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness on the Louisiana State Police Headquarters compound. From this location, members of the Critical Incident Management Staff (CIMS) coordinate disaster planning, response and mitigation to critical incidents. In addition, the EOC serves as a base of operations for high profile security operations and Departmental support for other agencies.

The Crisis Response staff and CIMS team is able to monitor major evacuation routes via the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development's Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) network to provide real time information during an evacuation. The staff is also able to view major facets of Louisiana's critical infrastructure through video monitoring equipment.

The EOC plays a crucial role in critical incident management for the Louisiana State Police and has activated for a wide variety of events, including response to inclement weather; security details for Presidential visits and Gubernatorial Inaugurations; and other emergency response activities such as hazardous materials incidents, the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, and multi-jurisdictional law enforcement operations. The EOC was fully operational during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, Gustav and Ike in 2008, and Isaac in 2012. The EOC also plays a vital role in the execution of the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) Program when implemented in Louisiana by the Department of Health and Hospitals.

The EOC is equipped with communication, mapping and intelligence gathering technology designed to increase situational awareness and facilitate information dissemination. All EOC systems have built in redundancy features to ensure uninterrupted service to the citizens of Louisiana.

As part of the Louisiana Emergency Operations Plan, the Louisiana State Police has primary responsibility for the following Emergency Support Functions (ESF): ESF-2 (Communications), ESF-10 (Oil Spill, Hazardous Materials and Radiological), and ESF-13 (Public Safety and Security); and support responsibility for the following Emergency Support Functions (ESF): ESF-1 (Transportation), ESF-5 (Emergency Management), ESF-6 (Mass Care, Emergency Assistance, Housing and Human Services), ESF-7 (Resources Support), ESF-9 (Search and Rescue), ESF-14 (Community Recovery, Mitigation and Economic Stabilization, and ESF-15 (Emergency Public Administration.



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Emergency Operations Center Links

Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP)

Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal (SFM)

Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office (LOSCO)

Office of the Louisiana Attorney General (AG)

Louisiana National Guard (LANG)

Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD)

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF)

Louisiana Department of Corrections (DOC)

Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC)

Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism (DCRT)

Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry (LDAF)

Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS)

Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals (DHH)

Louisiana Sheriffs' Association (LSA)

Louisiana Association of Chiefs of Police (LACP)

Louisiana Geographic Information Center (LAGIC)

Mississippi Highway Patrol (MHP)

Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF)

National Hurricane Center (NHC)

The Weather Channel



Headquarters Consolidated Communications Unit

7667 Independence Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Phone: 225-925-6536
Fax: 225-925-6524

The Headquarters Consolidated Communications Unit operates 24 hours per day and is housed at the Louisiana State Police Emergency Operations Center. The unit is staffed by 13 full-time Communications Specialists and is under the direct supervision of a Communications Supervisor. The section provides a vital communication link between field personnel and command and control at Troop A, Capitol Police, and LSP Headquarters sections.

Unit personnel are actively engaged in all facets of law enforcement communications, including routine daily radio traffic, pursuits, fugitive manhunts, hazardous materials incidents, natural disasters, including Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Ike, and Isaac, gubernatorial inaugurations and sporting events such Super Bowls, BCS National Championship Games, and Final Fours.

The Headquarters Consolidated Communications Unit also provides a continuous radio communications gateway to other law enforcement agencies and state agencies in Louisiana utilizing the P25 700 MHz system known as the Louisiana Wireless Interoperability Network (LWIN). Furthermore, the section assumes responsibility for monitoring the Hazardous Materials Reporting Hotline, Louisiana State Police Suspicious Activity Reporting Hotline, Clearinghouse for Missing and Exploited Children Hotline, and incident reporting for the River Bend, Grand Gulf, and Waterford III nuclear facilities during evening, weekend, and holiday hours.



Mobile Command Posts

7667 Independence Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Phone: 225-925-7764
Fax: 225-287-7786

The Louisiana State Police has two Mobile Command Posts (MCP) in its fleet which can be deployed quickly to all areas of the state to support the agency's response to critical incidents. Both MCPs are equipped with state-of-the-art radio and satellite communications equipment, video cameras, downlink, and wireless technology.

The MCPs are routinely deployed to support the Special Weapons & Tactics (SWAT) Team, Emergency Services Unit, and State Police Troops, and has been deployed to many high profile security events such as Super Bowls XXXI, XXXVI, and XLVII in New Orleans, Louisiana, the 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012 BCS National Championship Games in New Orleans, the 2003 and 2012 NCAA Final Four in New Orleans, and the 2014 Louisiana Marathon in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.