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3:37 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

NOPD Welcomes New Class Of Cadets To Police Academy

The newest NOPD recruits stand at attention on their first day at the police academy.
Kate Richardson WWNO

On Tuesday morning interim police superintendent Michael Harrison welcomed the latest class of New Orleans Police Department recruits on their first day of training at the police academy. There are 32 recruits in this class. Twenty-two of the cadets are from the New Orleans metro area and seven are from out of state. The class is expected to graduate early next year. 

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7:31 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Inspector General Says NOPD Underreporting Robberies

The New Orleans Inspector General says police are underreporting robberies. The numbers are given to the FBI for its national Uniform Crime Report.

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7:38 am
Fri August 22, 2014

NOLA PATROL May Use Civilian Officers In French Quarter To Assist Police

New Orleans is planning to use civilian officers to patrol the French Quarter.

It’s part of a security plan called NOLA PATROL.

The unarmed civilians would handle non-emergency matters. The plan aims to give regular officers the time and ability to better handle serious crimes.

Funding comes from a hotel tax. The plan needs City Council approval.

State police have temporarily assigned 50 officers to the French Quarter, Faubourg Marigny and Bywater in response to the Bourbon Street shooting.

The agency is planning to withdraw them after Labor Day.

1:55 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

New Orleans Makes Big Push To Get More Cops On The Streets

After a hiring freeze caused by a budget crisis, New Orleans is now struggling to replace the roughly 100 officers a year it loses to retirements and officers quitting.
Rusty Costanza Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 1:08 pm

New Orleans is still reeling from another spate of violence last weekend, when five people were killed by gunfire and 11 wounded, including two toddlers. The city has launched high-profile campaigns to address gun violence, but a big part of the problem is an acute shortage of police.

Karen Rogers lives in the lower 9th Ward, where a recent drive-by shooting left two people dead and several more wounded. Police say it was drug-related.

"This is not the first time [I've heard gunshots]," says Rogers. "This is the first time to actually see people murdered and shot."

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7:59 am
Tue August 19, 2014

More Arrests In Lower 9th Ward Drive-by Shooting

A third man and a woman have been arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting in the Lower 9th Ward that killed two people and injured five.

Two boys and their mother were among the wounded.

New Orleans police say 23-year-old Joseph Nelson III is accused of being one of two gunmen who fired into a group on Aug. 10. Police say 25-year-old Ashley Shorts allegedly helped one of those two avoid detection.

Nelson was booked yesterday with two counts of first-degree murder and five of attempted first-degree murder.

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7:55 am
Tue August 19, 2014

New Interim Police Chief Optimistic Reforms Will Continue

Commander Michael Harrison was sworn in as interim Superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department immediately following the Serpas retirement announcement Monday.
Credit Tyler Gamble / NOPD

The new leader — at least for a while — of the New Orleans Police Department is pledging to continue reforms.

Lt. Michael Harrison is now the interim superintendent, replacing Ronal Serpas, who is retiring to teach at Loyola University.

Harrison told reporters at the new conference announcing his appointment that he’s optimistic the department will continue getting better.

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4:15 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

New Orleans Police Superintendent Resigns; Interim Chief Appointed

NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas, announcing his retirement Monday morning.
Credit Danny Monteverde / New Orleans Advocate

This story has been updated.

Ronal Serpas, the Superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department brought in by Mayor Mitch Landrieu in 2010 as part of a series of sweeping changes to city government in the post-Katrina and post-Nagin eras, announced his retirement at a packed press conference Monday morning.

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11:53 am
Thu August 7, 2014

NOPD Seeks New Spokesperson: Extended Interview With The Advocate's Danny Monteverde

The NOPD is looking for a new spokesperson.
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The New Orleans Police Department is looking for a new official spokesperson. This Thursday marks the deadline for submitting an application, and the NOPD will hire someone by the end of the month. We spoke with the New Orleans Advocate’s police reporter Danny Monteverde about who the police department is looking for to fill the position.

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5:08 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

NOPD Seeks New Spokesperson With Social Media Skills

The New Orleans Police Department
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The New Orleans Police Department is looking for a new official spokesperson. As it looks for a new mouthpiece, there’s something the NOPD realizes it’s been missing out on: Twitter.

Danny Monteverde is the police reporter for the New Orleans Advocate. He says the NOPD wants someone who knows how to send a message in under 140 characters.

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1:06 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

NOPD Officer Placed On Emergency Suspension After Attempting To Strike Man With Her Vehicle

Officer Stephanie Caldwell's booking information.
Credit Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office

A New Orleans Police officer has been placed on emergency suspension after attempting to strike a man with her vehicle, the department announced today in a press release.

33-year-old Stephanie Caldwell was arrested Sunday after a verbal and physical altercation with a 47-year-old man in the 1700-block of North Broad Street at approximately 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning. Police say Caldwell attempted to strike the man with her vehicle, and when the man ran westbound on North Broad she pursued him, driving against traffic on North Broad and Onzaga streets.

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