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4:34 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

NOPD To Conduct Thursday Night Sobriety Checkpoint

Credit Janet Wilson / WWNO

The New Orleans Police Department's Traffic Unit will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Thursday night, beginning at approximately 9 p.m. on July 24.

The checkpoint will last until approximately 5 a.m. Friday, department spokeswoman Hilal Williams said in a press release. Motorists are advised to have proper documentation with them, including proof of insurance and a driver's license.

Drivers who encounter the checkpoint should experience minimal delays, according to Williams.

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9:34 am
Wed July 16, 2014

NOPD Recruitment Focusing On Churches And Military Vets

New Orleans is beginning another round of recruiting police officers. Officials are hoping the efforts will bring the ranks up from under 1,200 to 1,600.

Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas and Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced the next recruitment drive will be aimed at military veterans and faith-based groups.

Serpas says the department has the funding and will search nationwide for new recruits.

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1:23 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

20-Year-Old Justin Odom Sought In Connection With Bourbon Street Shooting

20-year-old Justin Odom has been identified by New Orleans Police as a person of interest in the Sunday night Bourbon Street shooting that injured 10 people.
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The New Orleans Police Department has identified 20-year-old Justin Odom as a person of interest in last Sunday's shooting on Bourbon Street that injured 10 people.

Update: Brittany Thomas, a 21-year-old who had been in critical condition at Interim LSU Hospital since being struck Sunday, has died. The Orleans Parish Coroner's Office says she was pronounced dead at 2:44 p.m. on Wednesday, July 2.

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7:06 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Mayor Landrieu Asks For Help From State Troopers And Regular Citizens

Footage from the EarthCam camera on Bourbon Street captured the shooting and the aftermath.
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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to provide updates on last weekend's Bourbon Street shooting that left 10 people wounded.

Landrieu says he asked Governor Bobby Jindal to send 100 state troopers to New Orleans to patrol on a permanent basis, and the mayor called on citizens to work with police to help find those responsible for the shooting.

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7:41 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Bourbon Street Shooting Suspects Remain At Large

New Orleans police are still searching for two men who exchanged gunfire on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter.

Nine people were shot in the crossfire, including two who are in critical condition.

Images captured from a surveillance camera above a bar showed people running down the street in the chaos of the shooting at 2:45 a.m. Sunday.

New Orleans Police Chief Ronal Serpas said six victims were hospitalized in stable condition. 

The other victim's condition wasn't available. Some of them were tourists. Their names weren't immediately released.

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6:08 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

Bourbon Street Shooting Leaves Nine Injured

New Orleans police are investigating a shooting on Bourbon Street that injured nine people, two critically. Two men opened fire, injuring bystanders.

New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas says three officers were patrolling the area when gunfire erupted early Sunday morning.

He says it started with two men arguing, then opening fire. He says eyewitnesses are being interviewed and video surveillance tapes are being reviewed. The shooting was only a few blocks from Jackson Square and among several popular bars on the crowded street.

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4:40 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Thursday Night DWI Checkpoint In New Orleans

The NOPD will conduct a DWI checkpoint Thursday night.
Credit Janet Wilson / WWNO

The New Orleans Police department will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Thursday night, the department announced in a press release.

The checkpoint will begin at approximately 9 p.m. on the night of June 26, and last until about 5 a.m. the nest morning. NOPD is required to disclose the existence of checkpoints ahead of time, but not their location.

Drivers are advised to have proper documentation on them, such as a driver's license and proof of insurance, but should only experience minimal delays.

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9:21 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Orleans Parish DWI Checkpoint Thursday Night

Credit Janet Wilson / WWNO

The New Orleans Police Department will conduct a sobriety checkpoint beginning at 9 p.m. Thursday, June 19, the department said in a press release.

The checkpoint will last until approximately 5 a.m. Friday morning. Drivers are cautioned to have proper documentation, including proof of insurance and a driver's license, and should only experience minimal delays.

"I would like to remind all drivers to always drink responsibly and use a designated driver," NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas was quoted as saying.

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7:00 am
Wed June 18, 2014

New Orleans Police Department, Short On Officers, Holds Job Fair

NOPD held a recruiting event to inform potential applicants about the variety of jobs available in the department.
Kate Richardson

Federal officials and citizens alike have been calling on the New Orleans Police Department to hire more officers and rethink its approach to handling 911 calls for service. In response, city officials have lifted some restrictions on residency and former drug use to join NOPD. Right now the department has about 1,150 officers, and hopes to add at least a hundred more by year's end.

NOPD is also actively recruiting potential candidates with events like a recent job fair at Langston Hughes Academy.

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8:01 am
Tue June 17, 2014

New Orleans Police Department Easing Hiring Policy

Credit Janet Wilson / WWNO

Requirements are changing to join the New Orleans Police Department.

The New Orleans Advocate is reporting the Civil Service Commission has relaxed the department’s drug policy. Applicants no longer have to declare a life that’s been free of past illegal drug use.

The change coincides with a shift adopted by the FBI about seven years ago.

Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas says the rule change reflects that some otherwise qualified applicants may have used some illegal drugs in the past.

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