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Lt. Colonel DAvid Staton

Deputy Superintendent - Patrol

Biography Information

Lt. Colonel David Staton is a twenty-six year veteran of the Louisiana State Police, and currently serves as Deputy Superintendent – Patrol Division.  In this capacity, Lt. Colonel Staton supervises the nine State Police Troops, along with the Department’s Transportation and Environmental Safety Section, and the DPS Police fixed scale operations.
In addition to his current position, he has held assignments in Patrol, serving as a Trooper, Sergeant, and Major.  As Major, he was responsible for the four troops located in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Gray, and Mandeville, and supervised the Criminal Patrols program, which is the nationally recognized criminal and narcotics interdiction unit within the State Police.  He has also held positions in the Crisis Response Section, where he served as a Lieutenant, supervising the SWAT program, and as a Major where he served as the State Police Deputy Critical Incident Commander.  In the Bureau of Investigation, he served as a Captain commanding the Narcotics Section, and as a Major where he served as the Command Inspector for the Criminal Investigations Division.  In this capacity, Lt. Colonel Staton supervised the State Fusion Center, as well as commands related to narcotics, detectives, and intelligence.  As a Major assigned to the Support Division he supervised the Air Support Unit, the Training Academy/Joint Emergency Services Training Center, Capitol Police, and DPS-Physical Security commands

As a P.O.S.T./FBI certified firearms instructor for twenty-six years, Lt. Colonel Staton has taught S.W.A.T. operations on the local, state, national, and international level.  For eleven years, Lt. Colonel Staton was a contract instructor for the U.S. Department of State’s Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program, and has been an adjunct instructor for the Louisiana State Police Training Academy since 1987.  Lt. Colonel Staton has also conducted numerous classes and presentations on a variety of emergency management topics, and has held certifications in various fields of instruction, to include:  Glock, Sig-Sauer, and Colt armorer; CTS Less-lethal Munitions; HK Submachine Gun; TASER; Simmunition; and Law Enforcement Ethics.  Lt. Colonel Staton has served as an adjunct instructor for the LSU Division of Workforce Development, and has taught leadership to underclassmen at LSU, as well as numerous leadership and management courses for the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP), the Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), and the State Police.          

Lt. Colonel Staton received his Bachelor’s Degree from Louisiana Tech University, and earned a Master’s Degree at Southern University in Baton Rouge.  Lt. Colonel Staton is also a graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety - School of Police Staff and Command, the Northwestern University Executive Management Program, the DEA Drug Unit Commanders Academy, and the FBI National Academy.  Lt. Colonel Staton has also served on the board of the Regional Counter-Drug Training Academy, the Governor’s Drug Policy Board, the board of the DEA Gulf Coast High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), and Louisiana Prescription Monitoring Program Advisory Board.       

Lt. Colonel Staton has been married for twenty-seven years and has two children.  Prior police experience includes four years as a patrol deputy and patrol supervisor for the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Department.