New Public Safety Complex opens in Lafayette

Lafayette Parish Sheriff Mike Neustrom welcomed more than 200 people Wednesday to the official opening of the new $24 million Public Safety Complex on West Willow Street.

The complex, which took about two years to build, was designed to address an inmate population that has outgrown the Correctional Center in downtown Lafayette and also allows Sheriff’s Office officials to centralize operations that had been scattered throughout the parish.

Lafayette’s more dangerous inmates will continue to be housed in the downtown facility. Minimum security prisoners such as those participating in work release programs and those on landscaping and litter crews will be held at the West Willow complex.

The public is invited to tour the facility on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the last tour disembarks at 2 p.m.

On April 5, the Sheriff’s Office will hold a job fair for those interested in a career as a corrections officer. The job fair will be held at the West Willow complex.