Louisiana State Police

In 1922, the Louisiana Highway Commission was created and given the power to appoint inspectors to enforce laws relating to the highways. The Commission operated with the state divided into ten districts; sixteen officers patrolled the entire state.

During the two year period from 1922 to 1924, 114 serious accidents and 18,918 violations of motor vehicle laws were reported. In 1932 the State Highway Patrol was given the authority to carry firearms. On July 28, 1936, the two divisions of law enforcement were combined to form a modern, well equipped, and well-trained force known as the Louisiana Department of State Police.

In 1942, the Louisiana Legislature abolished the Department of State Police and made it a division of the newly created Department of Public Safety. The LSP accepted new responsibilities in 1946 when the Drivers License Law was enacted requiring every driver to hold a license for operating a motor vehicle. Prior to this time, only the operators of commercial vehicles, trucks, and buses were required to be licensed.

In 1961 the State Legislature passed a new law requiring the inspection of all motor vehicles. Then in 1962, the Legislature enacted a new highway code which established a maximum speed of 65 miles per hour on multilane highways and 60 miles per hour on other highways. Together, these were considered important steps toward improving highway safety.

1972 saw a reorganization of the LSP by adding three regional offices to supervise the eleven troop districts, and in 1984, the LSP had a head count of 960 troopers. Continued budget cuts in 1988 resulted in the closure of Troop H in Leesville and Troop K in Opelousas and the consolidation of the State Police structure into three regional commands with three troops in each region. Also, the Criminal Investigation Bureau was reorganized and reduced in size, severely affecting investigations. The LSP's manpower dipped to 650 troopers patrolling the state's highways.

A long-term goal was achieved on November 22, 2003 when the department received national accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Currently, the LSP is a force of 1022 men and women responsible for all elements of criminal and highway safety interdiction in the Bayou State.

Louisiana State Flag

The design consists of the pelican group from the state seal,
in white and gold, and a white ribbon bearing the state motto,
"Union, Justice, and Confidence", on a field of a solid blue.

1936-1940 issue- Oldest LSP car type (Approx. 5.5"x13.5")

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1940-Circa 1942 issue- (Approx. 5.5"x13.5") "Double arrow version" or "Second" as it is known. The reason for the presence of these arrows is an interesting and humorous one. As can be seen by the previous LSP plate (1936-1940), the "LA" for Louisiana is stacked to the left of the words: STATE POLICE. Some witty observers traveling through French Cajun country began making jokes that even the law enforcement in Louisiana calls itself "La State Police". These "jokes" struck the ire of the new LSP Superintendent, and with good Ol' Southern "gumption", he ordered the old plates pulled and introduced these new replacement plates with LOUISIANA spelled out in full with two pointy arrows aimed inward at the complete state name.
The jokes stopped.


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Late 40's - Early 50's
Louisiana over Dept. of Public Safety over Div of
over State Police over Troop & Troop letter followed by
car #
stacked vertically on the right side
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Circa 1951/52 issue.
There is no solid information whatsoever about this issue
short of this period photograph. No known examples of this
plate type have been discovered as of yet. This would
appropriately be called a "missing link", so any
information or clearer photo would be tremendously appreciated!
 

Circa 1954-1956 issue: B= New Orleans Troop. Embossed steel. Painted border. (Approx. 5.25"x11.75"). Age surmised by plate dimension, layout and in particular, the die used for LOUISIANA at top of plate as it is identical in those aspects to the 1954 "Yams" Louisiana license plates.
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Circa 1956- Circa 1970 issue- M= (Des) Allemands Troop
(No longer in existence) The state name along the top
of the plate, bears the same die type as used on
Louisiana car plates from 1955 until 1965.

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Circa 1956- Circa 1970 issue- HQ=Headquarters Troop
The state name along the top of the plate.
Smaller font used for state name may have come
closer to the latter part of the issuance for this type.

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Circa 1970-1978 issue-
Baton Rouge Troop Commander



Circa 1970-1978 issue- B= New Orleans Troop.
Dies for state name are "newer" and similar to
circa 1978 dies shown below. Issuance time for
these plates is sketchy. Any confirmed information
is wanted and welcome!

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Circa 1978- ? issue- C= Grey ( renamed Houma) Troop . Issuance time frames for these plates is sketchy.
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Circa 1978- ? issue- Aggressive Criminal Enforcement award plate. The Louisiana State Police ACE award is patterned after the World War II fighter pilot ACE award and is presented to those troopers who recover at least 5 stolen cars with arrest within a period of one year. This plate in particular has a date of 1982 inscribed onto the back of it.

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Car owned by Dwayne Larriviere

Circa 1977-unknown issue- Known as "The ACE of ACES". The Blue Max distinction was awarded each year, to the LSP trooper who recovered the most stolen motor vehicles and effected the arrest of the perpetrators. This plate originally belonged to LSP Trooper Walter Hill Clement IV. It is
believed that a minimum of 25 recoveries/arrests were
needed for the Blue Max award. RARE!!

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Click on the picture to read the
great story behind this plate and Trooper Clement

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Late 1970's-1980's? issue- L= Covington Troop. Although this plate looks similar to the circa 1978 plate, it has a brighter reflective sheeting, uses a dash separator and the dies for the state name are longer and flatter such as the die type used from 1966 until 1973 on other Louisiana license plates. Any confirmed information is wanted and welcome!

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Car owned by Dwayne Larriviere

1970's? issue- HQ=Headquarters. Although this plate looks similar to the circa 1978 plate, it uses a dash separator and the dies for the state name are longer and flatter such as the die type used from 1966 until 1973 on other Louisiana license plates. Any confirmed information is wanted and welcome!
Plate courtesy of the Robert Ward Collection
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The Louisiana State Police ACE award is patterned after the
World War II fighter pilot ACE award and is presented to
those troopers who recover at least 5 stolen cars with arrest
within a period of one year. Although this plate looks
similar to the circa 1978 plate, it has a brighter reflective
sheeting, and the dies for the state name are longer and
flatter such as the die type used from 1966 until 1973 on
other Louisiana license plates. Any confirmed information
is wanted and welcome!

Click here to view this very interesting ACE article

Courtesy of Dpty. Dwayne E. Larriviere

Date unknown but believed to be early prototype for ACE
plate before embossed style. Obtained at state HQ.

Courtesy of the Bob Bruce Collection
 

1989-1993 issue- C= Houma Troop. Known as the "USA base" due to artistic font for state name. Most of these plates have circular holograms running vertically down the center of the sheeting with the state shape and "89" inside. Although the base type ran in Louisiana until 1993, LSP cars even years later were still sporting these 1989 plates on duty.


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1989-1993 issue- C= Houma Troop. Same as previous issue, only this one manufactured with a dash separator.

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1989-1993- Aggressive Criminal Enforcement award plate. The Louisiana State Police ACE award is patterned after the World War II fighter pilot ACE award and is presented to those troopers who recover at least 5 stolen cars with arrest
within a period of one year.


1989-1993 issue- Headquarters Baton Rouge.
Senior ranking officer.
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1989-1993 issue- Headquarters Baton Rouge.
This is struck without the dash seperator.
Picture courtesy Paolo Velchi

Photo Courtesy of Monty McCord

1989-1993 issue- Department of Public Safety-
used by Motor Carrier Safety Unit
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1989-1993- Highway Safety Commission.
(No pelican emblems). Although they do not possess
State Police powers, the HSC works closely with the LSP
to further its mission to the development and implementation of comprehensive strategies aimed at saving lives and preventing injuries on Louisiana's highways.

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1994-2011
B=New Orleans Troop car 40.
"Lipstick" script silkscreened and STATE POLICE embossed.

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1994-2011
TS = Motor Carrier Safety Unit

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1994-2011
MP= Motor Pool

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1994-2011
HM= Haz Mat

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Current Issue
on 75th Anniversary base

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Current Issue
on 75th Anniversary base
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1994-Current issue - Known as the ACE of ACE's.

The Blue Max distinction is awarded each year, to the
LSP trooper who recovers the most stolen motor vehicles
and effects the arrest of the perpetrators. It is believed
that a minimum of 25 recoveries/arrests are needed
for the Blue Max award. RARE!!



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Special Weapons and Tactics
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In effect as a result of Y2K planning. Intended for officers
dedicated to intervene during civil unrest. Similar to a
Public Order Unit (Nice smushed bug on that one!)

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K-9 Unit Front Plate

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1994-Current issue- Department of Public Safety Office of Motor Vehicles. Although a "stand alone" state enforcement agency in its own right, the OMV work in close cooperation with the LSP in motor vehicle compliance matters.
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Current plate issued to members of the
LSP Motor Unit for use on their cars

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Current plate issued to members of the
LSP Honor Guard for use on their cars

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87th class of the LSP
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This large decal was created for the 50 year mark of the LSP, and was placed on the driver's side front fender, ahead of the wheel well opening, near the top of the fender.
There was also a pin made with this same design.

Picture courtesy of Dpty. Dwayne E. Larriviere

1994-Current issue- Originally an NTC souvenir issue, but many LSP Troopers use this as their front plate.

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Criminal Patrols Unit
A small group of highly trained interdictors. T
hey go "beyond the license plate" on traffic stops. Their mission is to disrupt smuggling, aggresively hunt fugitives
and missing persons and traveling criminals. 99% of all
major drug seizures in Louisiana are made by this team consisting of 4-5 Troopers plus a dedicated K-9 team.
The plate is still a prototype, but there is hope it will go to
production.

LSP Headquarters plate for Ford 5.0 Litre Mustang
as pictured to the right.

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LSP Troopers Association Front Booster Plate
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Louisiana State Police dash plates.
No longer issued.

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Louisiana State Police dash plates.
No longer issued.
 

Although not 100% certain this plate was issued for LSP, this flat screened plate may have been used by the LSP Chaplain.
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Motorcycle plate - Circa 1936

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Motorcycle plate - 1950's to early 60's
K Troop = Opelousas
This plate originally was issued to
to the late "motor cycle boy",
Sgt. Roland LeFleur

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Motorcycle plate - 1960's to late 70's
B Troop = New Orleans

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Motorcycle plate - 1980's
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Motorcycle plate - 1990's
C Troop = Houma
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Motorcycle plate - Current issue
"STATE POLICE" in Arial block font
A Troop = Baton Rouge

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Motorcycle plate - Current issue
"STATE POLICE" in Times New Roman font
L Troop = Covington


Motorcycle plate - Current issue
"STATE POLICE" in Times New Roman font
HQ = Headquarters
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