Directed Patrols Unit
The Directed Patrol Unit was conceived by
Sheriff Louis M. Ackal to supplement the uniform patrol division. Its primary
function was to work the areas of the city of New Iberia and the parish of
Iberia where there was occurring a large number of burglaries, thefts and
criminal damage to property. The program has been so successful that it has been
incorporated into the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Bureau of Investigations. Not only
does it supplement the patrol division, but also narcotics, detectives and sex
offender registry where surveillance is required releasing the members of the
other sections to continued with other investigations.
The Directed Patrol Section uses unmarked vehicles and all terrain vehicles for
their patrols. They do surveillance on an area that is suffering from thieves
and burglars. They will also work areas like schools, parks, farms, and
neighborhoods where prowlers and vandals take advantage of lightly populated
areas to commit crimes.
Directed Patrol is made up of four team members and a sergeant. The sergeant is
responsible for insuring that reports and paperwork are completed in a timely
manner, that all equipment is maintained. Further, the sergeant receives and
distributes assignments from the other areas of the Iberia Parish Sheriff's
Office. The sergeant answers directly to and receives assignments from the
lieutenant of detectives.
To date, this team is responsible for nine burglary arrests. Most of them were
in progress calls, and numerous others were on view arrests; where a marked
patrol unit would have been spotted before it arrived or the criminal wouldn't
have committed the criminal act had a marked patrol unit been in the area.