ronal serpas en Crime Drops in New Orleans for 2012 <p>Crime in New Orleans dropped nearly eight percent in the last quarter of 2012, and by one percent for the year overall, according to numbers released today by the New Orleans Police Department.</p><p>Murders and rapes dropped by 18 percent in the last quarter of 2012, armed robberies by 32 percent, auto theft by nearly 34 percent, burglaries by more than 13 percent, and simple robberies by more than two percent. however, instances of assault were up 16 percent, and thefts were up more than four percent.</p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 20:12:30 +0000 Jason Saul 28393 at Mayor, Police Chief Support President's Gun Control Drive <p>New Orleans’ mayor and police chief have issued statements in support of President Obama’s plan to strengthen gun control. Mayor Mitch Landrieu is urging Congress to go further in broadening the scope of crime reduction. Thu, 17 Jan 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 27222 at Serpas defends use of police database <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas is defending a department policy that has led to more than 70,000 people having their names and personal information fed into an electronic database following traffic and pedestrian stops even if they weren&#39;t arrested.</p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 17:12:49 +0000 The Associated Press 15525 at New Orleans Police to conduct DWI checkpoint tonight <p>The New Orleans Police Department&#39;s traffic division will conduct a sobriety checkpoint tonight in the &quot;Uptown area,&quot; the department said in a news release.</p><p>The checkpoint will begin at approximately 9 p.m., and last until about 5 a.m. Friday morning. In addition to a lack of alcohol, police are advising motorists to have proper documentation if stopped, including proof of insurance and a driver&#39;s license.</p> Thu, 07 Jun 2012 16:42:47 +0000 Jason Saul 13111 at Community Trust and the New Orleans Police Department <p>The public’s trust in the post-Katrina New Orleans Police Department is still a fragile commodity. Sharon Litwin reports on how the men in blue and their leadership are attempting to re-engage the communities they serve.</p> Tue, 22 May 2012 13:41:00 +0000 Sharon Litwin 11502 at New Orleans murder rate plummets 27 percent <p>The city’s death toll has fallen dramatically over the past year, even as the number of other violent crimes has skyrocketed, according to statistics just released by the New Orleans Police Department.</p> Wed, 16 May 2012 05:56:14 +0000 Jason Saul 11169 at New Orleans Police Chief Asks For Tips On French Quarter Murder Suspect <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53c05981ab4db-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53c05981ab4db-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53c05981ab4db-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas says he needs the public to keep tipping investigators to the whereabouts Bobby Troy, suspected of killing Slidell optometrist Brent Hachfeld last month in a French Quarter robbery.</p> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 03:44:40 +0000 Eileen Fleming 3386 at