On January 8, 2024, Colonel Robert P. Hodges was appointed as the 27th Superintendent of the Louisiana State Police. He also serves as Deputy Secretary of Public Safety Services. This responsibility spans an agency of more than 2600 employees, with a budget of over $557 million and collections of over $2.5 billion in revenue. As Deputy Secretary, he oversees the Louisiana State Police, the Office of State Fire Marshal, the Office of Motor Vehicles, the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator's Office, the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Commission, the Office of Legal Affairs, and the Office of Management and Finance.
Colonel Hodges, a native of New Orleans, graduated from Brother Martin High School and earned his Bachelor of Criminal Justice from Louisiana State University, where he was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity. He began his career with Louisiana State Police in 1995 as a patrol Trooper assigned to Troop B in Kenner. Colonel Hodges has held career assignments in both Patrol and Investigations as Trooper, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and Major. Prior to his appointment, he served as Command Inspector of Region 2 Patrol.
Colonel Hodges has over 28 years with Louisiana State Police and previously served as an Intelligence Officer in the Louisiana Army National Guard Reserve. Colonel Hodges is a Trilogy Series Graduate of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association. He is the recipient of numerous awards and commendations, including Meritorious Service, Emergency Service, Professional Excellence, Unit Citation, and Physical Fitness Awards. Colonel Hodges and his wife, Janine have been married for 25 years and have two daughters.