Pursuant to Article X, Section 50, of the Louisiana Constitution of 1974, the State Police Commission shall have the exclusive power and authority to hear and decide all removal and disciplinary cases, with subpoena power and power to administer oaths. It may appoint a referee to take testimony, with subpoena power and power to administer oaths to witnesses. No classified state police officer shall be discriminated against because of his political or religious beliefs, sex, or race.
All appeals to the Commission, including appeals of disciplinary actions, discrimination and violations of the Article or the Rules, are governed by Chapter 13 of the State Police Commission Rules.
As a commissioned full-time law enforcement officer employed by the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, Office of State Police, you have the right to appeal any employment action or decision that violates Article X of the State Constitution, or a State Police Service Rule that discriminates against you because of your political or religious beliefs, sex or race. Once you attain permanent status, you gain the right to appeal any disciplinary or removal action taken against you.
To be timely, an appeal claiming an Article/Rule violation or discrimination must be filed within (30) thirty calendar days following the date you learned or became aware that the action occurred. An appeal challenging a disciplinary or removal action must be filed within (30) thirty calendar days following the day you received written notice of the action. Filing a grievance with your agency does not give you extra time to file an appeal.
An appeal must be in writing; and be signed by the appellant, or on his behalf by an attorney duly licensed to practice law in the Courts of the State of Louisiana; or on his behalf by a senior student of law designated under provisions of Rule 13.11(b)2; give the name and mailing address of the appellant, and of his or her attorney or designated senior law student, if any and give a clear and concise statement of the actions complained against and a clear and concise statement of the basis of the appeal; state the date you received written notice of that action or the date you learned that the action occurred; explain why you are challenging the action; and what relief you are seeking.
Appeals claiming Article/Rule violations or discrimination must provide facts, pleaded in detail, to support the conclusion that the violation or discrimination occurred. The specific facts required will vary depending on the nature of the appeal; however, the facts must be in detail under provisions of Rule 13.2(d).
An appeal may be filed in any of the following ways:
State Police Commission
Post Office Box 66555
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70896
Hand or courier delivery:
State Police Commission
Department of Agriculture & Forestry Building
5825 Florida Boulevard, Suite 1180
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806
The fax number is (225) 925-7058, and email address is Debbie.Givens@La.gov. The fax and email are available 24 hours a day. A faxed or emailed pleading is considered filed the date it is received.