City Reaches First Consent Decree Deal With Justice Department on NOPD Reform
Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the city has agreed to establish Police Community Advisory Boards in each of the eight police districts.
“It’s going to create a formal partnership between the police and the community. It’s going to help build trust. It is open, in fact, to all residents of New Orleans. All of the board members will receive training from the Department of Justice, and the applications to apply if you want to be on it are here in the police station and they’re also on line.”
Panel members will be screened by a committee of community groups, and serve one-year terms. Mayor Landrieu made the announcement at the opening of the new Seventh District police station in New Orleans East. The old building was severely damaged during Hurricane Katrina.