LSU Names Bart Thompson Chief of Police

Bart ThompsonBATON ROUGE – Bart Thompson, who has more than 35 years of experience in law enforcement, has been named chief of police at LSU. Thompson, who has been with the LSU Police Department since 2010, has been serving as acting chief of police since September.

“We are pleased to name Bart Thompson as LSU’s chief of police,” LSU Executive Vice President & CFO Dan Layzell said. “Chief Thompson has been a steady leader in the LSU Police Department over the last few months as we’ve gone through this transition. He has a proactive mindset and is building an even stronger relationship among the campus community and the LSU Police.”

Prior to working at LSU, Thompson was employed as a commissioned Baton Rouge Police Officer for 31 years. Throughout his career, he has worked in uniform patrol, burglary investigation, criminal intelligence, armed robbery and homicide divisions.

Thompson has served as a major with LSU Police for six years. He supervises 65 certified police officers in uniform patrol, computer operations criminal investigations and communications. He also serves as incident commander for LSU home football games which involve more than 300 officers from various departments.

During his career, Thompson has testified in civil service hearings, along with district, federal, grand jury and civil courts. With the Baton Rouge Police Department, he was appointed chief of detectives over the violent crime bureau, where he supervised 114 criminal investigators. During that time, he was instrumental in establishing the Violent Crime Unit, which is designed to bring investigators from the Baton Rouge Police Department, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police and the District Attorney’s Office together to work violent crime cases within East Baton Rouge Parish.

Thompson is a member of the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team for Region 6, National Emergency Response Team, past president of the Fraternal Order of Police local lodge, past chairman of the Louisiana Gang Association and past national chairman of the Fraternal Order of Police Legislative Committee.

The LSU Police Department is organized as a traditional police department and officers are commissioned with statewide arrest authority per Louisiana Revised Statute 17:1805. All officers receive training that exceeds state standards and provides services 24 hours a day, including weekends and holidays.

In addition to overseeing security activities on campus, the LSU chief of police acts as a liaison with federal, state and local law enforcement officials and agencies to assure an understanding of university policies and procedures. The chief of police maintains liaison with campus administration to assure the accomplishments of university objectives related to the LSU Police Department.

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