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8:06 am
Tue December 23, 2014

NOPD Monitor Slams Recruit Training

New Orleans police training is being slammed for passing on bad behavior.

A report by court-appointed monitors finds recruits are mimicking their predecessors — in a bad way.

The New Orleans Advocate reports monitors found recruits are getting inadequate lesson plans, poor teachers and weak leadership.

The monitors were appointed by the court to oversee reforms detailed in a federal consent decree.

The recruits are expected to refresh and improve the shrunken department.

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7:42 am
Mon December 22, 2014

NOPD Downgrades Number Of Untested Rape Kits

New Orleans police now say that only about half of more than 400 untested rape kits may need testing.

Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said over the weekend that the department is storing 220 of 429 kits. Most of the stored kits are from people who got tested by medical personnel but declined to press charges.

The untested rape kits were disclosed during a New Orleans City Council hearing last week on failings in the department's handling of rape and child abuse cases.

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7:32 am
Fri December 19, 2014

More Trouble At NOPD Sex Crimes Unit

The embattled New Orleans Police Department sex crimes unit is facing more criticism.

The unit commander tells a city council committee that more than 400 rape kits remain untested.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the announcement comes from Commander Paul Noel. He had been praised in the past for clearing a backlog of 800 kits gathering dust in the evidence room.

But he left that job in 2011. He says the backlog has grown in his absence.

The unit was slammed last month in an Inspector General’s report that found hundreds of cases were not investigated.

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7:25 am
Thu December 11, 2014

IG Finds Progress And Problems At NOPD Evidence Room

The New Orleans Police Department evidence room has tightened controls since $200,000 went missing five years ago.

But an Inspector General’s report finds some evidence in criminal cases remains at "high risk of theft or misplacement."

The 29-page report found the evidence room is plagued by a lack of documentation, poor record-keeping and vague guidelines.

It says staff members fail to conduct inventories each year and whenever a key-holder position changes. The report says that violates best practices and NOPD policy. 

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7:43 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Five NOPD Officers Reassigned During Sex Crimes Unit Investigation

New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison has placed five officers on administrative reassignment while an investigation is made into their actions as detectives in the Special Victims Section.

The Public Integrity Bureau is investigating each officer based on an Office of Inspector General inquiry.

The Inspector General report found evidence suggesting the officers weren't doing their job. Specifically – they’re accused of labeling sex crimes as “miscellaneous” and following up on only a fraction of those cases.

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7:31 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Civilian Patrols Approved For French Quarter

Civilians will soon be helping to keep the peace in the French Quarter.

The New Orleans City Council okayed an arrangement with the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau to start the program called “NOLA Patrol.”

The New Orleans Advocate reports a voluntary hotel tax will raise $1.6 million this year and $2.3 million next year to pay for the service.

The money will fund unarmed civilian patrols to enforce traffic, zoning and other neighborhood rules. It’s hoped they will give more time for regular police officers to handle more serious matters.

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8:07 am
Fri October 17, 2014

French Quarter Civilian Patrols On Hold

The New Orleans City Council is rethinking the idea of using unarmed citizen patrols in the French Quarter.

Some businesses in the city’s premier tourist destination want to know why actual police officers aren’t being hired.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu wanted to use voluntary hotel taxes to fund the patrols. The civilian officers would handle non-emergency matters, in theory — easing the workload for regular officers.

But several businesses are questioning why the city wouldn’t spend $2.3 million in annual revenue to hire fully qualified police officers.

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7:15 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Harrison Named Permanent New Orleans Police Chief

New Orleans now has a permanent police chief.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced that interim Superintendent Michael Harrison officially has the top job.

Landrieu made the announcement at an Algiers event marking the Night Out Against Crime.

Harrison was promoted in August when Superintendent Ronal Serpas retired. Landrieu said at that time that Harrison would likely get the job permanently.

Harrison is a 23-year veteran of the force. He had most recently been district commander of the 7th District.

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5:48 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Civil Service Staff Recommends A Pay Raise For NOPD Officers

The Civil Service Commission recommends NOPD officers receive a 20 percent pay hike over three years.
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After seven years without a raise, New Orleans police officers should be given a 20 percent across-the-board pay hike, according to a staff recommendation to the Civil Service Commission. The staff report was seven months in the making.  

The Lens reports that New Orleans Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux sees a big flaw in the analysis — it doesn’t factor in pension costs.

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4:43 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Third Person Linked To Cop Shooting In Custody

New Orleans police say a third person believed to be linked to the weekend shooting of a police officer at Gene's Po-Boy sandwich shop has been taken into custody..
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New Orleans police say a third person believed to be linked to the weekend shooting of a police officer at a sandwich shop has been taken into custody.

Police said 26-year-old James Wilson surrendered to Plaquemines Parish authorities on Monday and was transferred to New Orleans custody for questioning.

Two others who police say were suspects in the shooting were found in Gretna hours after the Sunday incident. One of them was dead. The other was suffering from a gunshot wound. He was booked with attempted first-degree murder.

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