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Shades of Grey
Gary L. Bordelon  More Info

About the Louisiana State Police 

Louisiana's first attempt at law enforcement on a statewide level came in 1922 in response to the arrival of the automobile. Louisiana had 2,700 miles of roadway and an estimated 102,000 vehicles. The Louisiana Highway Commission was created and given the power to appoint inspectors to enforce laws relating to the highways. The Commission operated with the state divided into ten districts; sixteen officers patrolled the entire state. During the two year period from 1922 to 1924, 114 serious accidents and 18,918 violations of motor vehicle laws were reported.


In 1992 the department took over a new and much more complex responsibility: riverboat and video poker gaming. Operating with a small contingency of troopers, the Louisiana State Police began formulating the tough licensing process for all who either wished to own a river boat casino or operate a video poker franchise. Although the task seemed overwhelming, experienced "highway patrolmen" quickly adjusted from law enforcers to regulators. The department began to flourish with new equipment and more manpower as a result of being the chief watchdog of the new gaming industry. With this newly added equipment and manpower, the department was able to take on a different role in law enforcement, that of assisting all law enforcement agencies by using the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). AFIS provides law enforcement with a tool that instantly identifies a person through his fingerprints which are imperative to criminal identification and arrest. Also, a totally updated 800 megahertz radio system was implemented which allows multi-agency or jurisdiction coordination among all law enforcement agencies.


As part of the criminal investigative side of the Bureau of Investigations, the Detective Section is comprised of both Detectives and the Insurance Fraud Unit. The Insurance Fraud Unit provides a specialized, focused effort towards combating specific types of crime. The Insurance Fraud Unit works closely in partnership with our state’s insurance industry and focuses their efforts towards all types of insurance fraud and auto theft. The Detectives are responsible for the investigation of violent crime, property crime, white collar/economic crime, identity theft, related financial crimes, internet child predators/pornography as well as cyber-related crimes, and apprehension of criminals and fugitives.




Shades of Grey is the autobiography of Gary Lee Bordelon who was a Louisiana State Trooper and a Louisiana State Narcotic Agent.  His book depicts the corruption Gary Bordelon witnessed by other fellow city and state Louisiana police officers, until his dismissal as a state Louisiana police officer and state narcotic agent in April of 1979.  His personal tale of corruption details drug dealing, lying and stealing done by other fellow officers.  It breaks down dates and times of several shake downs and meetings that resulted in many arrests. 

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