James Cormier tapped to head State Police Troop I in Acadiana _lowres

Photo provided by LOUISIANA STATE POLICE -- State Police on Aug. 3, 2015, announced the promotion of Capt. James Cormier as commander of Troop I, which oversees the eight-parish Acadiana Region.

State Police on Monday announced the promotion of Capt. James Cormier as commander of Troop I, which enforces state law within an eight-parish Acadiana region.

Cormier, a Pointe Coupee Parish native and resident, most recently served as criminal investigations commander for an 18-parish region of south Louisiana and succeeds Capt. Becket Breaux, who was promoted as patrol major overseeing troops I, C and D, according to a State Police news release.

Cormier’s command covers more than 8,000 highway miles in Evangeline, St. Landry, Acadia, Lafayette, St. Martin, Vermilion, Iberia and St. Mary parishes.

He began his career in 1991 with the Lafayette Police Department and began working in 1997 with State Police, where he’s worked as an investigator among its narcotics and gaming sections and has held various administrative positions during his 17-year tenure.