DPS Police was established in 1974. At that time, DPS Police was charged with providing security at the Louisiana State Police Headquarters Compound and supervising inmates assigned to the State Police Inmate Barracks. This service is now provided by the Physical Security section.
In 1996, the Louisiana State Police increased the scope of DPS Police responsibility to include providing security in and around the State Capitol. This section is known as Capitol Detail. In addition to the State Capitol, officers are posted in many of the state buildings. Officers are also responsible for making patrols of the Capitol Complex and responding to calls for service in and around the state buildings and garages. The department utilizes a state-of-the-art communications room equipped with the latest video equipment necessary to monitor the State Capitol Complex and the Louisiana State Police Headquarters Complex. In 2010, the "old" Capitol Police was transferred from the Division of Administration and placed under the State Police. This unit, now known as DPS/State Facility Security, is responsible for security in and around all state facilities located outside of the Capitol Complex. This includes facilities located in New Orleans, Lafayette, Alexandria, Shreveport, and Monroe. In 2015, these sections were combined and placed under the command of the Capitol Detail/State Facility Security Captain.
In 2003, DPS Police moved into its new prison facility located on the 1,760-acre State Police Training Facility near Zachary, LA. Currently, the department can house up to 200 inmates at the new facility. The facility is also outfitted with the latest equipment to monitor inmate movement and movement over the entire 1,760-acre training facility. DPS Police is also responsible for the security of the facility and those who receive training there.
DPS Officers contribute 9.5% of salary while on active duty. Retirement pay is computed at 3.33% per year.
Captain H. Patrick Washington - Physical Security Commander
Lt. Jeremy Burns - Executive Officer