LSU Police Chief Marshall Walters
LSU Police Chief Marshall Walters

Marshall Walters named as next LSU police chief

Marshall Walters, next LSU Police Chief
Marshall Walters, next LSU Police Chief

BATON ROUGE — LSU has named its next chief of campus police 13 months after longtime chief Bart Thompson retired.

Major Marshall Walters, who had been serving as the interim chief, will be the next chief effective June 1, 2024.

The search ended last summer without university leaders selecting a candidate. Walters served as the department’s interim chief since Thompson stepped down.

Bart Thompson announced his retirement in late April 2023 after having worked in law enforcement for nearly 40 years. Thompson worked at BRPD for 31 years before moving to LSU PD as their chief.

After a nationwide search for the next police chief, LSU chose to stay internal this round.

Walters has been with the LSU Police Dept. for 21 years. As chief, Walters will oversee the LSU Police Department, working with all campus constituents to maintain a safe and welcoming environment.

“He is committed to transparency, accountability and community engagement, ensuring that our campus remains a place where everyone feels secure and supported,” said LSU.

“Chief Walters brings a wealth of experience and a strong commitment to community safety. With over 21 years of service in law enforcement, he has held various leadership roles, demonstrating a profound dedication to fostering a secure and inclusive environment,” said LSU in a news release. “Walters has a proven track record in community policing, crisis management and campus safety initiatives. This aligns perfectly with our university’s commitment to ensuring the well-being of our students, faculty, staff and visitors.”

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