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9:21 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Orleans Parish DWI Checkpoint Thursday Night

Credit Janet Wilson / WWNO

The New Orleans Police Department will conduct a sobriety checkpoint beginning at 9 p.m. Thursday, June 19, the department said in a press release.

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.

"I would like to remind all drivers to always drink responsibly and use a designated driver," NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas was quoted as saying.

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7:00 am
Wed June 18, 2014

New Orleans Police Department, Short On Officers, Holds Job Fair

NOPD held a recruiting event to inform potential applicants about the variety of jobs available in the department.
Kate Richardson

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. In response, city officials have lifted some restrictions on residency and former drug use to join NOPD. Right now the department has about 1,150 officers, and hopes to add at least a hundred more by year's end.

NOPD is also actively recruiting potential candidates with events like a recent job fair at Langston Hughes Academy.

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Latest News
8:01 am
Tue June 17, 2014

New Orleans Police Department Easing Hiring Policy

Credit Janet Wilson / WWNO

Requirements are changing to join the New Orleans Police Department.

The New Orleans Advocate is reporting the Civil Service Commission has relaxed the department’s drug policy. Applicants no longer have to declare a life that’s been free of past illegal drug use.

The change coincides with a shift adopted by the FBI about seven years ago.

Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas says the rule change reflects that some otherwise qualified applicants may have used some illegal drugs in the past.

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Code Switch
2:44 am
Wed May 14, 2014

New Orleans Police Hope To 'Win The City Back,' One Kid At A Time

New Orleans police investigate a shooting in February. Though the city's murder rate is down for a second straight year, it's still high compared with other cities.
Michael DeMocker The Times-Picayune/Landov

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 8:25 am

New Orleans is making progress toward losing the "murder capital" label. For a second straight year, homicides declined in the city, in keeping with a nationwide trend.

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. It's a cycle that's worrisome to the city's African-American community — and law enforcement.

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7:00 am
Mon April 21, 2014

New Orleans Police Monitor Tackles Police-Community Relations

Simone Levine and Ursula Price work to build trust between police officers and civilians.
Credit Mallory Falk

Last year's federal NOPD consent decree exposed long-running tensions between the New Orleans Police Department and the community. One group is trying to change the relationship between officers and civilians.

It's St. Joseph's night. A big crowd gathers in Central City, watching the Mardi Gras Indians pass. Simone Levine is in the crowd, but she's not just admiring the intricate costumes. Levine is an Independent Police Monitor, the civilian agency which oversees the New Orleans Police Department.

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Listening Post NOLA
7:00 am
Thu April 17, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: Have You Ever Called 911 In New Orleans?

Emergency response in New Orleans was the focus at a recent meeting of the city’s Criminal Justice Committee.
Jesse Hardman

Every week WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week's topic is emergency response time in Orleans Parish.

In March, more than one in 10 calls to 911 went unanswered within 40 seconds.

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Latest News
4:14 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Recovered Guns Become Art In New Orleans

Artists choose guns to use in their art from a selection of weapons in NOPD's gun buy-back program.
Janaya Williams WWNO

Weapons will become raw materials for artists in a project getting underway in New Orleans.

City officials and artists gathered Wednesday at the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery to announce a project called "Guns in the Hands of Artists."

On the floor of the gallery were parts of 186 guns removed from the streets of New Orleans through the police department's gun buyback program.

Artist Skylar Fein said that in his eyes, the guns are already art.

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DWI Checkpoint
2:15 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

NOPD To Conduct Thursday Night Sobriety Checkpoint

The New Orleans Police Department's Traffic Division will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Thursday night.
Credit Erin Krall / WWNO

The New Orleans Police Department's traffic division will conduct a Thursday night sobriety checkpoint in Orleans Parish, the department said in a press release.

The NOPD checkpoint will begin at approximately 9 p.m. on the night of Thursday, April 17. Motorists are advised to have proper documentation, including a driver's license and proof of insurance, and should expect only minimal delays, according to the police department.

The checkpoint will conclude at approximately 5 a.m. Friday morning.

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Latest News
5:55 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Federal Judge Rules On Off-Duty NOPD Details

A federal judge dealt New Orleans police officer groups a stiff blow in their bid to undo the new city-run system for managing paid details.
Dickelbers Wikimedia Commons

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the new system of police off-duty paid details, siding with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration.

The new policy is a major piece of a wide-ranging consent decree between the city and the U.S. Department of Justice, aimed at overhauling the police department.

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3:52 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Why Is 911 Emergency Call Response Time In New Orleans Slower Than It Was Last Year?

In New Orleans, emergency 9-1-1 callers face increased wait times and unanswered calls.
JasonParis Flickr

National standards say that operators should answer 95 percent of all emergency 911 calls within 20 seconds. But operators in New Orleans are not meeting that mark. The City Council took up the issue on Wednesday.

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