The officer has been identified as Bernardo Zavalza, a seven-year veteran of IMPD.
“I speak to them from a position of authenticity, I speak to them from a position of struggle, I speak to them from a position of redemption…
Lafayette police is adding five officers and one dispatcher that will be dedicated to the drug task force and the street crimes unit.
She was said to be in good health after being located shortly before midnight Thursday.
Police say the teen passed a note referencing a weapon.
Police said the two fled after employees recognized them.
He is described as Caucasian and appears to be less than 48 hours old.
Police say they are on pace for a 25 percent decrease in calls to the neighborhood from 2013 to the end of this year.