EUNICE -- Captain Cory Lalonde with the LSU Police Department has been named Director of Police at LSU Eunice. He will oversee security at LSU Eunice and will begin implementing several upgrades suggested after a safety and security assessment was completed by the LSU Police Department at the request of Chancellor Kimberly Russell.
“We are so pleased to welcome Captain Lalonde to LSUE,” said Russell. “The safety and security of our students, faculty and staff are of utmost importance to our campus, and we are grateful for the tremendous support received from LSU President King Alexander."
Lalonde, Rabalais, and others from the LSU Police Department arrived on campus in October to conduct a complete assessment of LSU Eunice’s safety and security practices. Rabalais stationed Lalonde on the LSUE campus to complete the evaluation.
Several recommendations were suggested by LSU at the end of the assessment, including the hiring of a full-time uniformed officer to head up the department. Lalonde will fill that role.
“In recent years, we have seen various incidents of active violence occurring throughout the country, specifically college campuses. Our campus communities need to have a consistent uniformed law enforcement presence and a continued commitment to keep these communities as safe as possible, through mitigation and preparation,” said LSU Police Chief Lawrence Rabalais. “This is a big first step of that process at LSUE and LSU Police Department is committed to working with and assisting LSUE as well as the other LSU campuses throughout the state.”
Phase one of the assessment also recommends adding security cameras throughout campus and expanding the uniformed officer staff at LSUE. Enhancing the relationships between the university and local law enforcement and emergency medical response agencies and upgrading current security training and equipment are also primary recommendations. Lalonde will begin implementing phase one recommendations as soon as possible.
Lalonde has been with the LSU Police since 2001. He was named captain in 2005. He has served as LSU Police Department’s Public Information Officer, Internal Affairs Investigator and Community Outreach Coordinator. Before joining the LSU squad, he served with the UL Lafayette Police Department and the Lafayette Police Department. He has 21 years as a civilian police officer and served 14 years with the Louisiana Army National Guard’s 239th Military Police Company.
He is a graduate of Teurling Catholic High School and attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette