When appointed as LSP Superintendent, Colonel Lamar Davis immediately began a thorough assessment of the department’s processes from top to bottom. Colonel Davis’ research team researched nationwide best practices that would enhance operational capability, increase efficiency, and promote accountability. From this research, the Force Investigation Unit (FIU) was created.
In February 2022, The Force Investigation Unit began its role as a statewide unit of specially trained detectives that investigate DPS-related use of force incidents including, but not limited to, officer-involved shootings, other deadly force, retaliatory force, and in-custody deaths. In addition to their investigative duties, The FIU unit consistently seeks out and attends advanced use-of-force-related training, as well as provides use-of-force training and awareness to department personnel.
In the interest of balance and transparency to the public during critical investigations, FIU coordinates with the Public Affairs Section to produce and release critical information for the use of force incidents. Additionally, FIU works closely with the Technology and Business Support Unit (TBS) to create and maintain accurate annual use of force-related trends and statistics.
The Force Investigation Unit personnel are divided across the three statewide LSP Regions and report through their chain of command directly to the Superintendent of State Police.
Capt. Mark Fontenot - Commander
Lt. Alan Arcana - Executive Officer and OIC