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Terry Landry

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2022-02-25

Duration: 00:27:05

Subjects: Landry, Terry | Louisiana. Office of State Police | State legislators | Law Enforcement


  • Denison, John Host
  • White, Avery Producer
  • Crews, Keith Photographer
  • Landry, Terry Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from February 25, 2022, features John Denison’s interview with Terry Landry. Landry, a native of New Iberia and a Vietnam War veteran, served as the first African American superintendent of the Louisiana State Police and as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 2012-2020. He discusses: his childhood; the values instilled in him by his parents; his work on reducing the state’s high incarceration rate; his religious faith; becoming the first African American superintendent of the Louisiana State Police; founding the Louisiana State Police Foundation with his friend Bill Dore; the importance of the art of compromise; his late wife; his advice for the next generation of law enforcement officers; and his next chapter.