Thibodaux chief of police speaks on trustworthiness following officer arrest

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THIBODAUX, La (BRPROUD) – The police chief of Thibodaux Police Department announced the arrest of one of their own officers for malfeasance in office.

38-year-old Paul Thibodeaux, a former Thibodaux police office, was the subject of an internal investigation where it was revealed he violated police policy and state criminal law while conducting an arrest back in August.

Photo courtesy of Thibodeaux Police Department.

“We were notified of allegations of wrongdoing by one of our Patrol Sergeants, Paul Thibodeaux,” Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue said. “As the investigation progressed, a warrant was obtained.”

Zeringue said that Thibodeaux has been placed on administrative leave without pay and is pending a hearing to remove him from employment.

“This is not just a violation of the law and agency policy, but a violation of the community trust,” Zeringue said. “We hope that this serves as an example that the Thibodaux Police Department will not tolerate this type of conduct and will hold ourselves accountable.”

On Friday, Thibodeaux was arrested and booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex on an arrest warrant. He is charged with malfeasance in office, injuring public records, and second-degree battery but was released on a $30,000,00 bond.

“Trustworthiness is one of our core values, and a cornerstone that the culture of this agency is built upon,” Zeringue said. “It was a promise that if something was ever identified that violated the trust of those we serve, it would be dealt with and the wrongdoer would be held accountable.”

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