Vincent P. Lamia, III
Lecturer of Criminal Justice
M.A., University of New Orleans, 2001; B.S., Loyola University New Orleans, 1977
Professor Vincent Lamia has been a law enforcement practitioner since 1973. In 1996, after a 23-year-career with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, he retired with the rank of Detective Captain. During his career with the Sheriff’s Office, Vince had the opportunity to work in a variety of interesting and challenging settings, in both subordinate and ranking supervisor capacities.
For 20 years, he worked in the Detective Bureau, where he specialized in major offenses affecting the person (homicide, rape, robbery, kidnapping, extortion, etc.). Vince rose through the ranks and eventually became the commander of both the Homicide and Robbery Divisions. Other assignments of note included an extended stint with an FBI/DEA task force investigating organized drug trafficking in the Greater Metropolitan New Orleans area. Perhaps Vince's most significant law enforcement contribution was his direct involvement in the planning, development, implementation, and operation of a local police/prosecutor program entitled, “Code-6.” This nationally-recognized program is designed to interrupt the criminal careers of habitual offenders through the systematic targeting of local law enforcement resources geared to objectively identify, prosecute, and incapacitate this crime-prone population.
For more than three years after his retirement from active duty with the Sheriff’s Office, Vince was director of the Jefferson Parish Department of Juvenile Justice Services. This agency is responsible for providing probation supervision, secure residential detention, and psychosocial treatment services to troubled youths and their parents. As director and appointing authority, he oversaw the administrative and operational needs of an agency consisting of 106-employees with an annual budget of $7 million.
Since 1999, Vince has been Chief of Investigative Services for the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office. In addition to directing the administrative and operational activity of a 40-member investigative staff, he is responsible for conducting investigations on matters coming to the attention of the office which are sensitive or political in nature.
The chief investigator is also responsible for maintaining the public integrity of the office by investigating complaints lodged by citizens who may allege wrongdoing or impropriety on the part of district attorney’s personnel.
During his law enforcement career, Vince has attended many schools and training seminars, including the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA., the Southern Police Institute in Louisville, KY., and the Secret Service Dignity Protection Seminar in Washington, DC.
Vince received his Bachelor of Social Science Degree from Loyola University in 1977; in 2001, he received a Master of Arts Degree in Sociology from the University of New Orleans, where he was recognized for achieving a cumulative 4.0 GPA during his graduate career.
Vince and his wife Karen have two children, both graduates of Loyola University New Orleans.