Colonel Michael D. Edmonson, originally of Alexandria, has served as the Training Command Inspector for the Louisiana State Police since 2007, managing the State Police Training Academy which provides basic training for State Police cadets and continuing training for troopers. He also currently manages the Joint Emergency Services Training Center, a state of the art 1,500-acre, $42 million law enforcement and first responder training facility where local, state and federal agencies train with private industry partners; and he serves as the LSU Football Team and Head Coach’s Security and Escort.
Edmonson previously served as the Commander of the Capitol Detail and Physical Security from 2004 to 2006, managing two DPS command sections that encompassed overall police duties for the Capitol Park and a 200-bed Department of Corrections inmate facility that provides workforce to the department. From 2001 to 2004, Edmonson served as the Commander of Technical Support Service, supervising the statewide criminal history repository, the Automated Fingerprint Identification System, the Louisiana Law Enforcement Network, the Sex Offender Registry, the Concealed Handguns Unit and the Traffic Records Unit. Before that, Edmonson served as the Director of Public Affairs for the State Police from 1997 to 2001.
He has also formerly served as the Director of Fleet Operations and Communications, the Deputy Regional Commander and Executive Officer for the Transportation and Environmental Safety Section of the State Police, as an officer and commander in the Public Affairs Unit, and as a patrolman for the State Police beginning in 1984.
Edmonson has more than 27 years of total experience in law enforcement, and more than 20 years of management experience in criminal justice administration. He has also served as the LSU Football Team and Head Coach’s Security and Escort for the past 26 years. Edmonson has a bachelor’s of criminal justice from LSU and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.