Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the appointment of Colonel Kevin Reeves as the Deputy Secretary of Public Safety Services and the Superintendent of the Louisiana State Police (LSP).  In March, Col. Reeves was appointed to the position on an interim basis. 

“Since his appointment, Col. Reeves has done an exceptional job at the state police and he has won the praise of his colleagues and law enforcement across the state,” said Gov. Edwards.  “In preparing for hurricane season or responding to severe weather, Col. Reeves has accepted the challenge of leading this agency and serving the people of Louisiana.  I have been extremely impressed by his level of professionalism and the new ideas he has brought to the department.  I look forward to continuing to work with him on a more permanent basis, and I am grateful that he and his wife, Kristi, have accepted this position.”

“I am humbled by the Governor’s permanent appointment to serve as Superintendent of the Louisiana State Police and Deputy Secretary of Public Safety.  It is a tremendous responsibility to ensure the safety and security of the citizens of our state, and I shall never take it for granted,” said Colonel Kevin Reeves.  “However, this appointment is not about Kevin Reeves.  My priority is to support every DPS employee and provide the training, tools and technology to be successful.  As we move forward, accountability begins with me and extends to every employee in the department.  We know we have some challenges ahead, but we will face these challenges together and be stronger because of them.  The public demands nothing less.”

Major Reeves, a native of Baton Rouge, received his degree from Louisiana Tech University. He began his career at the Louisiana State Police in 1990 as a trooper assigned to motorcycle patrols with Troop A in Baton Rouge. His career in the state police brought him to Troop F in Monroe in 1993, where he served as a squad leader for the mobile field force and as a case agent and undercover agent on many narcotics investigations and operations for the Bureau of Investigations. In 2008, he became the Troop Commander of Troop F before assuming the role of Command Inspector of Patrol Operations and Commander of Statewide Mobile Field Force Team in 2013. Major Reeves is married to Kristi Hall Reeves and they have three children – Kaleb, Kyle and Klayton.