Nick Fontenot

Special Investigations Commander  |  Email

Fontenot has worked for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office over 20 years. He has spent the majority of his career in the Enforcement division, where he worked his way up through the ranks and was promoted to lieutenant. Fontenot has also worked as a captain in Corrections and Safe School.


Throughout his law enforcement career, he has attended many law enforcement related schools and seminars, specializing in leadership and defensive tactics. He is a graduate of the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Academy with numerous hours of post certification training.

Narcotics Department



The Drug Enforcement Department of the Sheriff's Office is the largest member agency in the C.A.T. Task Force. All of the local law enforcement agencies within Calcasieu Parish have combined resources and work together to fight the war on drugs.


The task force is divided up into three teams. The first team conducts undercover operations throughout Calcasieu Parish. The team utilizes paid assets who set up undercover narcotics purchases with known drug offenders.


The second team conducts knock and talk investigations. These investigations stem from information received from various sources. Information may come from the public, other agencies, and from people who have been arrested.


The third team targets those individuals and organizations moving quantities of narcotics and currency through Calcasieu Parish, via interstate, airport, bus terminal, etc. Narcotic sniffing dogs are a great tool which is used in detecting the presence of illegal narcotics as well as currency used in the illicit drug trade.


The personnel assigned to the drug enforcement efforts of the Sheriff's Office work around the clock in an effort to minimize the drug trade in Calcasieu Parish.


To report drug activity you may call the C.A.T. Task Force at 431-8001. You do not have to give your name.

Vice Department

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Vice Department is a group of specialized Detectives with training in both overt and covert operations. The department handles cases involving organized crime, prostitution, gambling, child pornography, internet pornography, prescription fraud, unlawful sales of tobacco and alcohol, and misrepresentation of age.

The vice department works very closely with local pharmacies and physicians to combat the ongoing problem with narcotic prescriptions.

The vice department works daily with the Louisiana State Police and I.C.E. (Immigrations & Custom Enforcement) regarding investigations involving internet child pornography.

Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit (VCIU)

The Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit (VCIU) is composed of detectives whose primary mission is investigating all crimes involving any type of wheeled vehicles, (ex: cars, trucks, 4-wheelers, farm/commercial vehicles and equipment, trailers, etc.) These detectives are schooled in vehicle recognition, altered VIN's, chopped or torched reconstruction and more. The VCIU also oversee the "bait" car and other covert vehicle operations. The VCIU is a proactive unit that works closely with other investigative departments within the CPSO and outside agencies investigating and deterring these types of crimes.

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5716 East Broad Street

Lake Charles, LA 70615

P  (337) 491-7960

     (337) 431-8027


Office Hours Monday thru Thursday  

        8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

        1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.



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victim services

The State of Louisiana established the Crime Victims Reparations Act for the payment of compensation to the victims of certain crimes. Income for this fund is derived from monies paid on criminal court costs. Funds are supplemented by federal grants, court-ordered restitution from criminals, donations, and interests.

There are application requirements for this program. What is reimbursable and non-reimbursable can be discussed or a brochure will be mailed to you upon your request. The State CVRA board is located in Baton Rouge and can be reached at 1-888-6VICTIM (in state only).

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Victim Services Unit submits requests to the state CVRA board for authorization of funds. 

For more information contact

Kimberly Qualls| Email

(337) 494-4538

You may apply if:

  • You are a victim of a violent crime.
  • You are the victim's legal representative (his attorney or person legally responsible for the expenses).
  • You are the victim's dependent.
  • A claim may be filed regardless of whether the offender is known, has been arrested, and / or has been found guilt.

The crime must:

  • Involve the use of force or threat of use of force
  • Result in personal injury, death or catastrophic property loss
  • Result in expenses allowed by the statute and not reimbursable from any other source.


  • The victim of a DWI driver.
  • The victim of a hit and run driver.
  • The victim of a driver who is fleeing the scene of a
  • crime in which  he knowingly participated.
  • The victim whose injuries were intentionally inflicted with a vehicle.

Some of the expenses that can be covered include: medical, hospital, dental, mental health counseling, funeral, loss of wages / earnings, catastrophic loss of your home by arson, and expenses associated with the collection of crime scene evidence.


Most victims of crime will need some type of assistance dealing with the aftermath of crime, whether it is going to court, paying medical bills, obtaining information or just moral support. This is the time the Victim Assistance personnel will be valuable. They are available at any time.



A Crime Victim Rights


  1. The Louisiana Revised Statue regarding the rights of victims and witnesses is stated below:

    1841. Legislative intent: "in recognition of the civic and moral duty of victims of crime to cooperate fully and voluntarily with law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies, and in further recognition of the continuing importance of such citizens cooperation to state and local law enforcement efforts and the general effectiveness and well-being of the criminal justice system of this state, the legislature declares its intent, in the Chapter, to ensure that all victims and witnesses of crime are treated with dignity, respect, courtesy and sensitivity, and that the rights extended in this Chapter to victims of crime are honored and protected by the law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and judges in a manner no less vigorous than the protection afforded the criminal defendants."

  2. In accordance with LA R. S. 46:1842 through 1844, victims of felonies, the victim's family and witnesses to crime are granted various privileges. To ensure the enforcement of these rights, the Louisiana Legislature passed an amendment to Art 1 of the State Constitution, granting to the victim of crime:

    a) the right to reasonable notice and to be present and heard during all critical stages of pre-conviction and post-conviction proceedings;
    b) the right to be informed upon the release from custody or the escape of the accused or the offender;
    c) the right to confer with the prosecution prior to final disposition of the case;
    d) the right to refuse to be interviewed by the accused or a representative of the accused;
    e) the right to review and comment upon the pre-sentence report prior to imposition of sentence; f) the right to seek restitution; and g) the right to a reasonably prompt conclusion of the case

  3. It is the responsibility of the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office to ensure:

    a) that victims and witnesses receive prompt emergency, social, and medical services;

    b) distribution of the Louisiana Victim Notice and Registration Form;

    c) notification of properly registered victims or designated family members of actions concerning those accused or convicted of the crime (actions requiring notification are arrest, release on recognizance, posting of bond, release pending charges being filed, release due to rejection of charges by the District Attorney, escape or re-apprehension);

    d) informing employers that the need for victims and witnesses to cooperate in the prosecution may necessitate absences from work;

    e) expeditiously returning any stolen or other personal property to victims' families when no longer needed as evidence; and

    f) expeditiously investigating all reports of missing children and inform family members of such children of the status of the investigation.