NOPD en 20-Year-Old Justin Odom Sought In Connection With Bourbon Street Shooting <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><em><strong>Update:</strong></em> 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.</span></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 18:23:47 +0000 Jason Saul 63754 at Mayor Landrieu Asks For Help From State Troopers And Regular Citizens <p>New Orleans&nbsp;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.</p><p>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.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 00:06:37 +0000 Janaya Williams 63716 at Bourbon Street Shooting Suspects Remain At Large <p>New Orleans police are still searching for two men who exchanged gunfire on&nbsp;Bourbon&nbsp;Street in the French Quarter.</p><p>Nine people were shot in the crossfire, including two who are in critical condition.</p><p>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.</p><p>New Orleans Police Chief Ronal Serpas said six victims were hospitalized in stable condition.&nbsp;</p><p>The other victim's condition wasn't available. Some of them were tourists. Their names weren't immediately released.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:41:21 +0000 Eileen Fleming 63530 at Bourbon Street Shooting Leaves Nine Injured <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Orleans police are investigating a shooting on Bourbon Street that injured nine people, two critically. Two men opened fire, injuring bystanders.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Orleans Police Superintendent </span>Ronal<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Serpas<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says three officers were patrolling the area when gunfire erupted early Sunday morning. </span></p> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 23:08:30 +0000 Eileen Fleming 63512 at Thursday Night DWI Checkpoint In New Orleans <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The New Orleans Police department will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Thursday night, the department announced in a press release.</span></p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:40:40 +0000 Jason Saul 63248 at Orleans Parish DWI Checkpoint Thursday Night <p>The New Orleans Police Department will conduct a sobriety checkpoint beginning at 9 p.m. Thursday, June 19, the department&nbsp;said in a press release.</p><p>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.</p><p>"I would like to remind all drivers to always drink responsibly and use a designated driver," NOPD&nbsp;Superintendent Ronal Serpas was quoted as saying.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:21:40 +0000 Jason Saul 62887 at New Orleans Police Department, Short On Officers, Holds Job Fair <p><span style="line-height: 1.4318181818181819;">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.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.4318181818181819; background-color: transparent;">In response, city officials have lifted some restrictions on residency and former drug use to join </span>NOPD<span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.4318181818181819; background Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kate Richardson 62794 at New Orleans Police Department Easing Hiring Policy <p>Requirements are changing to join the New Orleans Police Department.</p><p>The New Orleans Advocate is reporting the Civil Service Commission has relaxed the department’s drug policy.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Applicants no longer have to declare a life that’s been free of past illegal drug use.</span></p><p>The change coincides with a shift adopted by the FBI about seven years ago.</p><p>Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas says the rule change reflects that some otherwise qualified applicants may have used some illegal drugs in the past.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:01:18 +0000 Eileen Fleming 62754 at New Orleans Police Hope To 'Win The City Back,' One Kid At A Time New Orleans is making progress toward losing the "murder capital" label. For a <a href="">second straight year</a>, homicides declined in the city, in keeping with a nationwide trend.<p>For African-Americans in the city, though, the numbers are less comforting. Of the nearly 350 killings in the past two years, 91 percent of the victims have been black. Wed, 14 May 2014 07:44:00 +0000 KEITH O'BRIEN 60688 at New Orleans Police Monitor Tackles Police-Community Relations <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last year's federal </span>NOPD<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> consent decree exposed long-running tensions between the New Orleans Police&nbsp;Department and the community. One group is trying to change the relationship between officers and civilians.</span></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Mallory Falk 58939 at