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Angie native named police major in Lafayette

Dewitt Sheridan was promoted to the rank of Major of the Lafayette Police Department in Lafayette in September of 2019.

Sheridan, an Angie native, is a 29-year veteran of the LPD. He was a standout football player for Coach Geary McKenzie’s Varnado Wildcats. After graduation, Sheridan attended Copiah Lincoln Jr. College in Wesson, Mississippi on a football scholarship. He played there for two years, and was selected to play on the Mississippi Junior College All-star team.

After the two years at Co-Lin, he received a football scholarship to the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now University of Louisiana Lafayette). He finished his collegiate football career and earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Upon graduating, Dewitt Sheridan joined the Lafayette Police Department.

Along with being a patrol officer, he held the positions of Narcotic Street Agent, Narcotic Detective, Watch Commander, and Precinct Commander. As a Major, he will be the Commander over the Criminal Investigation Division.

Sheridan is a member of the Magnolia Peace Officer Association and the National Order of Black Law Enforcement Executive. He is also a recipient of the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy award.

Sheridan is the son of the late Ezekiel and Lela Mae Rayford-Sheridan. He is married to Tammy Lee-Sheridan and they have one child, Khloé.