LAFAYETTE — State Police Capt. Becket Breaux has been named the new Troop I commander, according to a news release.

State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson promoted Breaux on Wednesday, making Breaux the 15th commander of Troop I since it was formed in 1936, the release said.

Trooper Stephen Hammons, spokesman for State Police, said Breaux replaces Troy Meche, who has retired.

Breaux is a native of St. Martin Parish, where he lives with his wife and two children, the release said.

Breaux began his career in law enforcement at age 17 when he was hired by the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office, the release said.

Breaux began working for State Police in 1990. Since then, he has worked in the department’s Criminal Patrol Unit, narcotics section, detective section and intelligence section, the release said.

He was a 1992 Trooper of the Year nominee and received the 1992 100 Club Officer of the Year Award, according to the release.

Breaux has also been awarded the Meritorious Service Award, two Unit Citations, West District Detectives Certificate of Recognition and an FBI Certificate of Recognition.

He is a recent graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, the release said.

“I am both humbled and honored to be promoted by Col. Edmonson,” Breaux said in the release. “I plan to continue our level of service to the public as well as our level of commitment to working with our local agencies.”  

He said one of his main goals is reaching out to area youth.

“We will do all that we can to educate them about various laws, as well as serving as positive role models for them,” he said in the release.

Troop I encompasses Lafayette, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Landry,  Evangeline, Iberia, Vermilion and Acadia parishes.