Angie native named police major in Lafayette

Published 4:00 am Wednesday, January 29, 2020

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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.