New Orleans Police Department

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New Orleans Police Department
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Abbreviation NOPD
Agency overview
Formed 1796
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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Map of New Orleans Police Department's jurisdiction.
Size 350.2 square miles (907 km2)
Population 365,000 (est.)
General nature • Local civilian agency
Headquarters 715 S. Broad Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70119

Officers 1,106 (2015)
Agency executive
Bureaus 5
Facilities
Districts 8
Central Lockups 1
Website
NOPD site

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) has primary responsibility for law enforcement in New Orleans, Louisiana. The department's jurisdiction covers all of Orleans Parish, while the city is divided into eight police districts. Michael S. Harrison is the Superintendent of Police.

Districts[edit]

The NOPD is divided into eight police districts, each of which is commanded by a Police Commander:

There are several units within each district, including Uniform Patrol, District Investigative Unit-Property Crimes, District Investigative Unit-Person Crimes, Task Force and Quality of Life Unit.

History[edit]

African American New Orleans Police officer, 1871, sketched by Alfred Waud

After New Orleans was founded by French colonists in 1718, the policing of the city was done by military forces. These were alternating French, Spanish and French under differing governmental rule. The formation of the New Orleans Police Department was first recorded in 1796, during the administration of Baron Francisco Luis Héctor de Carondelet. The account said, "Crime had reached such proportions by the mid-1790s that a full-time city police force was required."[1] In the early 1800s, the council authorized the hiring of free people of color, who were to be commanded by white officers. During French and Spanish years, a relatively large class of free people of color had developed in New Orleans, many of whom had become educated and property owners. Of mixed race, they had become established as a distinct class in the society, between the ethnic European residents and the mass of mostly African slaves in the region.

On November 8, 1803, Mayor Etienne de Boré holds the first council meeting, and appoints a committee to inspect prisons and formulate police rules. He also appoints Pierre Achille Rivery Commissioner General of Police, with 25 agents at his head. They are quickly forced to resign as a result of numerous complaints, and the city authorized to engage mulattoes, which are placed under the authority of white officers, became a part of the United States on December 20,1803 by virtue of the Louisiana Purchase. In 1804 a patrol militia was organized under James Pitot, the Mayor of New Orleans, two years later the body dissolved. With urbanization, in 1817, the city had 46 commissioners, it was divided into four police districts (Old Square, Faubourg Tremé (in), St. Mary and Faubourg Marigny). Given the inefficiency of this one, committees of "vigilantes" are created in the years 1820-1830. In 1836, the city was divided into three separate municipalities, each with an autonomous police force..

In July 1866 Republicans called for a Louisiana Constitutional Convention at the Mechanics Institute in New Orleans, as they were angered by the legislature's passage of Black Codes and failure to provide suffrage for free men of color and freedmen. Blacks marched in support of the convention, and were attacked on the street by a white mob, made up of ex-Confederate veterans. This was later called the New Orleans Riot of 1866. The mob killed 34 black citizens and three white Republicans; estimates of wounded ranged from 48 to more than 100, mostly black.[2] The riot "stemmed from deeply rooted political, social, and economic causes," and took place in part because of the battle "between two opposing factions for power and office."[3] The governor called in federal troops to restore order. The riots in New Orleans and Memphis that year contributed to Congressional passage of Reconstruction legislation and domination of the state by military forces for several years.

Violence continued in the state and city related to each election, particularly before and after the disputed gubernatorial election of 1872. Tensions continued, although the federal government had certified the Republican slate and William Kellogg as governor. In September 1874, in the so-called Battle of Liberty Place, 5,000 members of the White League entered the city in an attempted takeover of state buildings to seat John McEnery, the Democratic candidate for governor. Well-armed, they overwhelmed the 3500 members of the integrated Metropolitan police force, blacks and Republicans, and occupied the state armory and other buildings for three days. Learning that federal troops were arriving by ship, the White League forces retreated from the city. The Louisiana State Museum reports that 11 Metropolitans were killed and 60 wounded, while 16 White Leaguers were killed and 45 wounded.[4]

Mounted police during New Orleans Mardi Gras 1984

Between July 24 and July 28, 1900, a violent suspect resisted arrest and killed four police officers and wounded one.[5]

Early 21st century[edit]

Ronal Serpas, 2010

In 2014, Superintendent Serpas retired from the New Orleans Police Department after 21 years of service. Before retiring, Superintendent Serpas attained the civil service rank of major and the appointed position of assistant superintendent of the NOPD. Chief Serpas was preceded by Warren J. Riley, who retired with the change of the mayoral administration on May 2, 2010. Riley had been preceded by Eddie Compass and Richard Pennington.

During a press conference on Friday, June 25, 2010, Superintendent Serpas announced several reforms to the New Orleans Police Department. Superintendent Serpas reduced the number of deputy superintendents from six to four, and decided that only two of those positions would be held by commissioned officers. Serpas announced that Marlon Defillo, current Assistant Superintendent of the Bureau of Investigations, would take on a new role as the Deputy Chief of the Operations Bureau. Current Deputy Chief Kirk Bouyelas would also take on a new role as Deputy Chief of the Investigative Services Bureau. The two civilian deputy chiefs were to be Ms. Arlinda Westbrook, Deputy Chief (Civilian) in charge of the Public Integrity Bureau, and Ms. Stephanie Landry, Deputy Chief (Civilian) in charge of the Management Services Bureau. Serpas also reduced the rank of eleven appointed Majors to their proper civil service rank of Captain. Also in the slew of changes, Serpas reassigned 25 of the current 37 Captains within the department. Superintendent Serpas announced on June 23, 2010, that the majority of his highest-ranking commissioned officers – for example, majors and deputy chiefs – would be summarily demoted effective June 27 to captain, the latter rank thereby returning as the de facto rank of district station commander.[6] As a courtesy, many personnel continue to address district commanders with the honorific "Major." As of July 2010, only two officers – Treadaway and Burkart – retain the rank of major, both of whom were appointed to the position by civil service.

Also in accordance with the above changes, two of Serpas's deputy chiefs swapped responsibilities, while two others were replaced by civilian personnel, bringing the net count of deputy chiefs from six to four.[7]

On Tuesday, March 1, 2011, the New Orleans Civil Service Commission unanimously approved Superintendent Serpas' proposal to create a new pay plan for 16 new "Police Commanders". Serpas originally asked the Commission to approve 16 "Colonel's" positions. The new "Commanders" will be third in the command structure of the New Orleans Police Department, only ranked lower than the Superintendent and Deputy Superintendents. In June 2011, 1 additional commander position was created for the Reserve Division. All other personnel, including the two Majors will be subordinate to these individuals.[8] The Police Commanders are responsible for the 17 "Core Components" of the NOPD, including the 8 Patrol Districts and 9 other units as noted below.

On Monday, August 18, 2014, at a press conference at City Hall, Superintendent Ronal W. Serpas announced his retirement from the New Orleans Police Department, effective immediately. Mayor Mitch Landrieu then announced the appointment of 7th District Commander Michael S. Harrison, a 23-year veteran as the Interim Superintendent of Police. It was announced later in the day that former Superintendent Serpas would be taking on a faculty teaching position at Loyola University of New Orleans.

On Friday, August 22, 2014, Interim Superintendent Harrison announced that veteran Deputy Superintendent of Operations Darryl Albert would now take command of the Investigative & Support Bureau, becoming the Chief of Detectives. It was also announced that 6th District Commander Robert Bardy had been promoted to Deputy Superintendent of Operations. Also promoted were Lieutenants Ronnie Stevens and Lawrence Dupree, now Commanders of the 6th & 7th Districts respectively.

On Friday, October 17, 2014, Superintendent Harrison announced the realignment of some of the department's top brass. Commander Rannie Mushatt was promoted to Deputy Superintendent of the Investigative & Support Bureau, the position formerly held by Darryl J. Albert. Chief Albert was reduced in rank to Police Commander and appointed command of the Criminal Investigation Division. Lieutenants Doug Eckert & Richard Williams were promoted to the Police Commander position and placed in command of the Education, Training & Recruitment Division and Crime Lab & Evidence Division reapectively. Commander John Thomas who holds a Juris Doctorate and previously commanded the Crime Lab & Evidence Division assumed new duties as the commander of the Compliance Bureau. Commander Kim Lewis-Williams was reduced in rank to her permanent civil service classification of police lieutenant and transferred back to patrol duties.[citation needed]

In mid-2015, press reports indicated that the department was able to clear less than a third of its homicide cases.[9]

Misconduct[edit]

Antoinette Frank (1995)[edit]

On 4 March 1995, Officer Antoinette Frank robbed a local restaurant, killed two of the owner's children, as well as her own partner who was working security at the business. She was sentenced to death.[10]

Murder of Kim Groves (1994)[edit]

Officer Len Davis was found guilty and was sentenced to death for ordering hit-man Paul Hardy to murder Kim Groves, a 32-year-old mother of three children. Groves had filed a police brutality complaint against Davis with Internal Affairs the previous day, and a fellow officer tipped Davis about the charge.[11] Hardy was sentenced to life in prison.

Hurricane Katrina (2005)[edit]

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, ninety-one officers resigned or retired and another two hundred and twenty-eight were investigated for abandoning their posts.[12]

Danziger Bridge shootings[edit]

One report of violence involved a police shooting of six citizens on the Danziger Bridge, which carries the Chef Menteur Highway (US 90) across the Industrial Canal. These citizens were reportedly attacking contractors of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers involved in the 17th Street Canal repair. Other reports alleged people seeking refuge on the bridge from the flood were fired on without provocation.[13] The shootings left two dead and four injured. Subsequently, seven NOPD officers were indicted on murder charges in connection with the incident known as the "Danziger 7". The case was dropped when the prosecutor who brought the charges, Eddie Jordan, resigned his position following charges of corruption and a judgment against him in a racial discrimination lawsuit. On August 13, 2008, District Judge Raymond Bigelow dismissed the case based on misconduct by the prosecution.[14] On August 5, 2011, a New Orleans Federal Court jury convicted five police officers of a myriad of charges related to the cover-up and deprivation of civil rights.[15]

Jeff Winn[edit]

In late May, 2011, Captain Jeff Winn was fired and a number of other officers reassigned for concealing details concerning the killing of Henry Glover in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.[16]

Joshua Colclough (2012)[edit]

In August 2012, Officer Joshua Colclough pleaded guilty to manslaughter in his killing of an unarmed man during a drug raid. He was sentenced to four years in jail.[17]

U.S. Department of Justice consent decree (2012)[edit]

The NOPD entered into a consent decree in 2012 with the U.S. Department of Justice. A U.S. DOJ investigation led to a 2011 written report alleging unconstitutional conduct by the NOPD and describing concerns re NOPD policies and procedures.[18]

Maurice Palmer (2013)[edit]

In April 2013, former Officer Maurice Palmer was sentenced to five years' probation for failing to file federal income tax forms.[19]

Quincy Jones and Rafael Dobard (2014)[edit]

In February 2014, Officers Quincy Jones and Rafael Dobard pleaded guilty to charges relating to faking time sheets and embezzling money from the department.[20]

Desmond Pratt (2014)[edit]

In March 2014, Detective Desmond Pratt pleaded guilty to sexual assault of three underaged girls. He was sentenced to three years in state custody.[21]

Rank structure[edit]

Title [22] Command Insignia Shirt Address Salary* (2016) Number (2015)
Superintendent of Police Police Department
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White "Superintendent"
or "Chief"
Unclassified 1
Deputy Superintendent Bureau
3 Gold Stars.svg
White "Chief"
or "Deputy Chief"
$123, 247
1
Deputy Superintendent Bureau
2 Gold Stars.svg
White "Chief"
or "Deputy Chief"
$123, 247
4
Commander District Station, Division
1 Gold Star.svg
White "Commander" 79,987 19
Major Division, Bureau
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White "Major" $ 1
Captain Division,
Unit, Section
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White "Captain" 68,909 14
(2%)
Lieutenant Platoon,
Division,
District Unit,
Section
US-O1 insignia.svg
Blue "Lieutenant" 58,633 71
(4%)
Sergeant Sector,
Section,
Task Force
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Blue "Sergeant" 54,421 15%
Detective Investigations,
CrimeStoppers
Same
as Officers
Plainclothes "Detective" 5.8%
Officer IV Patrol,
Various
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Blue "Officer" 49,274 72%
Officer III (see above)
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Blue "Officer" 46,885 (see above)
Officer II (see above)
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Blue "Officer" 44,612 (see above)
Officer I (see above)
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Blue "Officer" 42,449 (see above)
Reserve (same as regular Officers)
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Blue "Officer" Unpaid volunteer N/A
Recruit (Field) N/A
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N/A "Recruit" 40,391 N/A
Recruit (Academy) N/A
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N/A "Recruit" 40,391 N/A

NOTES: *The State of Louisiana provides $6,000 supplemental annual pay after one year of service.[23] Additional annual pay is merited for the following degrees:[24] Associates: $1,000 Bachelors: $2,000 Graduate: $3,000 (Masters, Doctorate)

Demographics[edit]

Breakdown of the makeup of the rank and file of NOPD:[25]

  • Male: 85%
  • Female: 15%
  • African-American/Black: 51%
  • White: 46%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Asian: 1%

Hurricane Katrina[edit]

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005, shooting, violence and other criminal activity became serious problems. With most of the attention of the authorities focused on rescue efforts, security in New Orleans degraded quickly. By August 30, looting had spread throughout the city, often in broad daylight and in the presence of police officers. "The looting is out of control. The French Quarter has been attacked," City Councilwoman Jackie Clarkson said.[26]

Incapacitated by the breakdown of transportation and communication, as well as overwhelmed in terms of numbers, police officers could do little to stop crime. Shopkeepers who remained behind were left to defend their property alone. Looters included gangs of gunmen, and gunfire was heard in various parts of the city. Along with violent armed robbery of nonessential valuable goods, many incidents were of residents simply gathering food, water and other essential commodities from unstaffed grocery stores. There were also reports of looting by some police officers.

Over 200 NOPD officers were said to have deserted the city during the storm.[27] These officers were given the opportunity to explain their actions before the deputy chief in a tribunal-like hearing, after which 85% of the officers who supposedly deserted were terminated. The ones who stayed during Katrina were awarded with a Hurricane Katrina lapel pin to be worn on the uniform. It is shaped like the star and crescent badge, with a hurricane emblem in the center of the star.

New Orleans Police vehicle in 2009

Prior to Katrina, the New Orleans Police Department was notable as being one of the few major departments in the country whose officers sported powder blue uniform shirts instead of the dark or navy blue shirts used by the majority of police forces nationwide. In the wake of Katrina, however, the department switched to a dark blue uniform shirt in order to avoid potential problems from people, including officers dismissed after the hurricane who may have attempted to illegally pass themselves off as police officers. Beginning on Friday, February 13, 2009, during the annual Mardi Gras celebration, NOPD officers permanently returned to wearing powder blue uniform shirts to the delight of many New Orleans residents who observed the groups of traditionally-clad officers along the parade routes.

In the fall of 2007, the Fox television network dramatized post-Katrina New Orleans in the short-lived police drama K-Ville starring Anthony Anderson and Cole Hauser as NOPD detectives working for the Felony Action Squad (FAS).

Bureaus and Command Staff[edit]

The NOPD is divided into five bureaus, each commanded by a deputy superintendent who reports to the superintendent of police:

  • Paul M. Noel, Deputy Superintendent, Field Operations Bureau
  • John D. Thomas, Esq., Deputy Superintendent, Investigative and Support Bureau
  • Christopher D. Goodly, Deputy Superintendent, Management Services Bureau
  • Arlinda P. Westbrook, Esq., Deputy Superintendent (Civilian), Public Integrity Bureau
  • Daniel P. Murphy, Deputy Superintendent (Civilian), Compliance Bureau

In the absence of the superintendent, the Deputy Superintendent of Field Operations will command the department.

Non-District Core Components and Command Staff[edit]

  • Management Services Bureau – Commander Jenario Sanders
  • Criminal Investigations Division – Commander Douglas B. Eckert
  • Specialized Investigations Division – Commander James M. Scott
  • Crime Lab and Evidence Division – Commander Darryl J. Albert
  • Special Operations Division – Commander Bryan J. Lampard
  • Education, Training and Recruitment Division – Commander Shaun D. Ferguson
  • Public Integrity Bureau – Commander Regina Williams
  • Compliance Bureau – Commander Otha Sandifer
  • Reserve Division – Commander Louis S. Dabdoub, III.
  • Communications Division – Sgt. Walter Powers
  • Public Affairs Division – Director

Personnel shortage[edit]

As of July 2015, the New Orleans Police Department had 1,106 officers on the force.[28] Prior to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the NOPD had 1,742 commissioned police officers.[29] The NOPD was actively recruiting to increase manpower in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, which preceded an unusually high number of resignations.

New Orleans Police Badge[edit]

The Star and Crescent badge, unique to the NOPD, has been worn by members of the department since 1855. The crescent represents the shape of the city, as the Mississippi River forms a crescent shape around the city.The star represents the power of a state or local government to preserve order and keep the peace; it is a traditional symbol of law enforcement authority in the United States.

Fallen Officers[edit]

Since the establishment of the New Orleans Police Department in 1796, there have been 117 Officers die in the line of duty.

Rank Name Date of Death Cause of Death Age Location
Police Officer Alexander Algeo 03-26-1856 Succumbed to injuries sustained on 03-17-1856 after being shot while patrolling a street corner N/A At the corner of Magazine Street and Common Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman James Crofton 10-04-1969 Shot and killed while trying to arrest a man which beat his son 40 At 175 St. Andrews Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Police Officer John Coffee 04-22-1883 Shot and killed while trying to arrest a man for robbery and assault 57 Intersection of Franklin Street and Customhouse Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Chief of Police David C. Hennessy 10-16-1890 Killed by a mob to prevent him from testifying in an upcoming trial 32 N/A
Patrolman John Hurley 04-04-1892 Shot and killed by a noted criminal, Frank Lyons, after breaking up a fight N/A On Gallatin Street near Hospital Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Corporal Thomas Fitzgerald 08-10-1892 Shot and killed while trying to calm a disturbance N/A At St. Mary's Market in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman Albert Turregano 02-09-1893 Shot and killed while responding to 6 men firing guns 35 Intersection of Aubrey Street and Tonti Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman John Pettaway 10-10-1893 Shot and killed by a notorious criminal while trying to arrest him for assault N/A Intersection of Chippewa Street and Washington Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman John H. Keller 11-18-1894 Shot and killed by a man he was trying to arrest for public intoxication N/A In Exchange Alley near Canal Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman John Teen 04-27-1896 Shot and killed by a man he was trying to arrest for public intoxication and disturbing the peace N/A Intersection of Willow Street and Cypress Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Corporal Anthony Cleary 05-06-1898 Shot and killed while trying to arrest a man for robbery N/A Intersection of Perdido Street and South Rampart Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman Martin Trimp 05-06-1898 Shot and killed minutes after Corporal Anthony Cleary after cornering the same robbery suspect N/A Intersection of Bernadotte Street and Cleveland Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana
Corporal Richard Fitzgerald 06-10-1898 Shot and killed while trying to arrest 3 men for disturbing the peace 36 At the corner of Alix Street and Bouny Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Corporal Thomas Duffy 05-11-1899 Died from injuries sustained in 1885 in a shootout with 3 robbers N/A On Decatur Street near the French Market in New Orleans, Louisiana
Captain John Day 07-24-1900 Shot and killed along with Patrolman Peter J. Lamb while trying to arrest a wanted criminal N/A At the criminal's house on 4th Street, in between Rampart Street and Saratoga Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman Peter J. Lamb 07-24-1900 Shot and killed along with Captain John Day while trying to arrest a wanted criminal 48 At the criminal's house on 4th Street, in between Rampart Street and Saratoga Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Jail Keeper Andrew van Kuren 07-27-1900 Shot and killed along with Sergeant Gabriel J. Porteous and Corporal John F. Lally while raiding the home of a wanted criminal that killed Captain John Day and Patrolman Peter J. Lamb on 07-24-1900 45 At the 1200 block of Saratoga Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Corporal John F. Lally 07-29-1900 Shot and killed along with Sergeant Gabriel J. Porteous and Jail Keeper Andrew van Kuren while raiding the home of a wanted criminal that killed Captain John Day and Patrolman Peter J. Lamb on 07-24-1900 N/A At the 1200 block of Saratoga Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Sergeant Gabe J. Porteous 07-28-1900 Succumbed to injuries sustained from being shot on 07-27-1900 with Jail Keeper Andrew van Kuren and Corporal John F. Lally while raiding the home of a wanted criminal who killed Captain John Day and Patrolman Peter J. Lamb on 07-24-1900 N/A At the 1200 block of Saratoga Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman John Thomas 03-10-1901 Shot and killed in a dance hall while breaking up a fight N/A At the corner of Elizardi Street and Burgundy Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman Charles Doyle 02-07-1903 Succumbed to injuries sustained from a gunshot wound in December of 1902 while trying to arrest a man for disturbing the peace N/A Intersection of Melpomene Street and St. Charles Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman Robert J. Cambias 10-18-1907 Killed when his throat was slashed by a knife during a fight while trying to arrest a man for stabbing someone else 22 On Allen Street, near New Orleans Street and Prieur Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman John Carroll 08-14-1908 Stabbed in the stomach while breaking up a fight in a train car N/A At the Louisville and Nashville Railroad depot
Patrolman Charles Merritt 02-14-1911 Shot and killed by a drunk youth he was attempting to arrest 50 Intersection of Camp Street and Poyefarre Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman Joseph Lacoste 11-01-1911 Shot and killed along with Patrolman George A. Russell by an insane man after docking on a ferry N/A On the Algiers Ferry at the Algiers landing in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman Dennis Egan 11-22-1914 Succumbed to injuries sustained on 11-20-1914 after being shot while attempting to arrest a man for beating his wife N/A On Ursuline Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman Francis A. Burke 07-05-1915 Drowned after slipping from a wharf dock ladder while trying to tell a group of boys to not swim 32 In the Mississippi River in between 7th Street and 8th Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Superintendent James W. Reynolds 08-02-1917 Shot and killed along with Captain Garry Owen Mullen by a fellow Officer who had been suspended multiple times N/A In the Superintendent's office in the New Orleans Police Department Headquarters in New Orleans, Louisiana
Captain Garry Owen Mullen 08-02-1917 Shot and killed along with Superintendent James W. Reynolds by a fellow Officer who had been suspended multiple times 44 In the Superintendent's office in the New Orleans Police Department Headquarters in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman William J. Brown 12-09-1917 Shot and killed by a suspect's friend while trying to arrest him for creating a disturbance 45 At a restaurant on St. Mary Street near Magazine Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman Frank P. Connor 02-14-1918 Shot and killed on the same day and by the same guy as Detective Patrick J. Kennedy N/A On Eagle Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Detective Patrick J. Kennedy 02-14-1918 Shot and killed on the same day and by the same man as Patrolman Frank P. Connor 44 At the corner of Panola Street and Pine Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Detective Theodore A. Obitz 05-26-1918 Shot and killed by a man he was questioning for being a possible highwayman 38 Near Calliope Street and Baronne Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Corporal Charles A. Giblin 06-15-1919 Shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man for beating his wife 62 In a home near Erato Street and South Rampart Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Corporal Alfred J. Beyl 02-19-1920 Succumbed to injuries sustained on 02-14-1920 after being shot by a man he attempted to arrest for shooting another man at a nightclub 46 Corner of Dauphine Street and St. Louis Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman Roselius Folse 07-20-1920 Shot and killed by a car thief he attempted to arrest 51 In front of the police station on St. Phillip Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman Pat Manning 05-27-1921 Suffered a fatal heart attack while arresting a suspect N/A At the corner of St. Peter's Street and Chartres Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman Timothy Lynch, Jr. 02-11-1922 Died from an unknown way of electrocution N/A At the corner of Dumaine Street and North Peters Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman George E. Heno 08-15-1922 Killed in a motorcycle crash N/A Intersection of St. Charles Street and Aline Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman Lemmie L. Fortenberry 02-17-1924 Shot and killed after interrupting a robbery at a factory N/A At a trunk factory at Baronne Street and Terpsichore Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman Jacob Uhle 12-24-1924 Shot and killed by a man who had just robbed a bank N/A At the Marine Bank at Frenchman Street and Chartres Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman Anthony Lynch 07-07-1925 Killed in his patrol car after being hit by another car N/A On Teche Street near Lamarque Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman William C. Grunwald 12-24-1925 Shot and killed by a drunk man he was trying to arrest for shooting a youth N/A On Toledano Street near South Rampart Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman Frank C. Mahen 02-05-1926 Shot and killed in his patrol car while transporting a man to jail 29 Near Maple Street and Short Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Detective Albert Wiebelt 01-03-1928 Drowned along with Detective Richard Connors after the car they were in crashed through a ferry gate into the Mississippi River N/A In the Mississippi River off of Napoleon Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana
Detective Richard Connors 01-03-1928 Drowned along with Detective Albert Wiebelt after the car they were in crashed through a ferry gate into the Mississippi River N/A In the Mississippi River off of Napoleon Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman Lester H. Johnson 01-23-1930 Succumbed to injuries sustained on 01-18-1930 after being shot while trying to arrest a reckless driver N/A Near Esplanade Avenue and North Rampart Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman William Blumstein 11-24-1930 Shot and killed as he and his partner attempted to arrest 5 robbery suspects 41 At Philip Street and Magnolia Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman Ernest A. Grillot 12-24-1930 Shot and killed while trying to stop 3 bank robbers 30 In the Rocheblave branch of the Canal Bank & Trust Company in New Orleans, Louisiana
Corporal George P. Weidert 03-09-1932 Shot and killed along with Patrolman Albert E. Oestriecher and Patrolman Cornelius L. Ford as a man they were trying to put in a jail cell stole Patrolman Ford's revolver and opened fire 40 In the New Orleans Police Department 12th Precinct Station in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman Cornelius L. Ford 03-09-1932 Shot and killed along with Patrolman Albert E. Oestriecher and Corporal George P. Weidert as a man they were trying to put in a jail cell stole Patrolman Ford's revolver and opened fire 37 In the New Orleans Police Department 12th Precinct Station in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman Albert E. Oestriecher 03-09-1932 Shot and killed along with Patrolman Albert E. Oestriecher and Corporal George P. Weidert as a man they were trying to put in a jail cell stole Patrolman Ford's revolver and opened fire 36 In the New Orleans Police Department 12th Precinct Station in New Orleans, Louisiana
Captain James Louis Daniels 04-16-1933 Killed in a car crash while responding to a robbery call 46 Intersection of Louisiana Avenue Parkway and South Claiborne Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana
Detective James T. Ford 12-01-1934 Shot and killed in a telephone booth after an argument with a man 54 In a telephone booth at the corner of Bienville Street and Basin Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman James A. Ranna 02-04-1938 Killed in a motorcycle crash N/A Intersection of Canal Street and South St. Patrick's Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Sergeant James J. Adams 12-27-1940 Killed in a car crash N/A Intersection of Pontchartrain Boulevard and Hollygrove Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman Herman O. Raschke 06-15-1941 Killed in a car crash N/A On Pontchartrain Boulevard at West End Bridge in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman Fred Krummel 01-16-1942 Killed in a motorcycle crash N/A Intersection of Camp Street and Terpsichore Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman George O'Donnell 12-05-1944 Killed after being thrown from his horse N/A Corner of Navarre Avenue and Orleans Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman Frederick L. Braud 09-17-1945 Killed in a motorcycle crash N/A Near Delechaise Street and South Roman Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman Leslie J. Oster, Sr. 07-31-1947 Killed in a motorcycle crash N/A On Gentilly Highway in New Orleans, Louisiana
Detective Nicholas G. Jacob 09-06-1948 Killed while transporting a prisoner back from Gulfport, Mississippi; a man filed a false report which required Detective Jacob to get the offender; on the way back, the man shot Detective Jacob in the head N/A N/A
Patrolman Charles R. Johns 01-02-1949 Accidentally shot and killed after another Officer's revolver fell and fired 24 In the 5th Precinct Station of New Orleans Police Department in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman Marvin R. Morton 12-29-1950 Killed in a car crash N/A On St. Ann Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman George W. Heaney 11-29-1951 Killed in a motorcycle crash N/A At the corner of Loyola Street and Gravier Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman Benson J. Walker 08-11-1952 Accidentally shot and killed after dropping his revolver while exiting his car N/A Outside the New Orleans Police Department in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman Harold J. Powell 01-11-1955 Suffered a fatal heart attack N/A At the 2nd District Station in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman Percival A. Johnson, Sr. 09-10-1955 Shot and killed after breaking up a disturbance 24 1201 Julia Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70113
Patrolman Lawrence H. Pool 03-14-1956 Killed in a motorcycle crash N/A Intersection of Toledano Street and South Roman Street in New Orleans, Lousisana
Sergeant Paul L.C. Paretti 02-13-1957 Shot and stabbed to death after attempting to stop 7 teenage robbers mug a man on his front porch 58 N/A
Patrolman Allen Charles Steele 10-16-1959 Succumbed to injuries sustained several days earlier when he rear ended a bus 32 Intersection of Chef Menteur Highway and Papania Drive
Patrolman Dennis R. Fremin 04-18-1961 Killed in a car crash N/A N/A
Patrolman Joseph J. Enright, III 08-30-1961 Accidentally shot and killed N/A N/A
Patrolman Gilbert D. Benitez 08-13-1963 Shot and killed after a pursuit ended in a crash and the 2 robbery suspects got out and opened fire 25 At the corner of St. Claude Street and Anthony Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman Charles T. Kramer 03-08-1965 Suffocated after being exposed to toxic fumes N/A N/A
Patrolman Thomas F. Jackson 02-26-1966 Shot and killed after a pursuit 39 On I-10 in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman James D. Clayton 09-12-1966 Electrocuted while on duty; exact reason how N/A N/A N/A
Sergeant Lloyd E. Verrett, Sr. 10-05-1967 Shot and killed after arriving on scene to a robbery 37 Inside a bar in Louisiana Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman Delmar E. Stone 06-26-1968 Struck and killed on his motorcycle by a delivery truck he was trying to stop 32 N/A
Patrolman Peter Edward Bergeron, Jr. 12-12-1969 Shot and killed after chasing one of several car thieves into an alley N/A In an alley near Nelson Street and Hollygrove Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman Victor Leo Bordeaux 08-26-1970 Killed after his three-wheeled motorcycle was struck by a drunk driver 54 N/A
Cadet Alfred E. Harrell 12-31-1972 Shot and killed by a sniper while working the Central Gate lockup; the suspect shot Sergeant Edwin C. Hosli, Sr. a few minutes later, who succumbed to injuries on 03-05-1973. 19 N/A
Deputy Superintendent Louis Joseph Sirgo 01-07-1973 Shot and killed along with Patrolman Philip J. Coleman, Sr. and Patrolman Paul A. Persigo by the same suspect that shot Cadet Alfred E. Harrell and Sergeant Edwin C. Hosli, Sr. N/A In a hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman Philip J. Coleman, Sr. 01-07-1973 Shot and killed along with Deputy Superintendent Louis Joseph Sirgo and Patrolman Paul A. Persigo by the same suspect that shot Cadet Alfred E. Harrell and Sergeant Edwin C. Hosli, Sr. 26 In a hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman Paul A. Persigo 01-07-1973 Shot and killed along with Deputy Superintendent Louis Joseph Sirgo and Patrolman Paul Philip J. Coleman, Sr. by the same suspect that shot Cadet Alfred E. Harrell and Sergeant Edwin C. Hosli, Sr. N/A In a hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman Kasimer Zinga, Sr. 02-21-1973 Killed in a car crash 26 N/A
Sergeant Edwin C. Hosli, Sr. 03-05-1973 Succumbed to injuries sustained on 12-31-1972 after being shot along with Cadet Alfred E. Harrell by a sniper N/A N/A
Patrolman Dennis J. McInerney 02-26-1974 Shot and killed before exiting his car at domestic disturbance call 35 N/A
Detective Joseph R. Tardiff, Jr. 02-28-1975 Shot and killed by a hidden gunman while entering an apartment during a drug bust 31 In an apartment on St. Peter Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Captain Thomas J. Albert, Sr. 02-21-1979 Suffered a fatal heart attack after working an extremely long shift due to over 1,000 striking officers not working 48 At the 8th District Station in New Orleans, Louisiana
Patrolman Ronald Duplechain 11-17-1979 Shot and killed while trying to stop a disturbance while off-duty N/A N/A
Patrolman Gregory J. Neupert 11-08-1980 Shot and killed while searching 3 men in an area known for high narcotics activity 23 N/A
Police Officer Noel Smith 02-08-1984 Killed in a car crash while responding to a stabbing N/A N/A
Police Officer Thomas Michael Smith 08-28-1987 Struck and killed by a hit and run driver 35 N/A
Police Officer Earl Joseph Hauck, II 03-22-1990 Shot and killed while trying to arrest an escaped prisoner that stole a security guard's gun 22 N/A
Police Officer Darren Ahmed 03-14-1991 Succumbed to injuries sustained on 03-13-1991 after being struck on his motorcycle by a drunk driver 31 N/A
Police Officer Talton E. Jett, Sr. 11-17-1992 Killed in a car crash while responding to an Officer that needed assistance 29 N/A
Police Officer Ronald A. Williams, II 03-04-1995 Shot and killed by his partner and her associate while they robbed the restaurant he was working security at 25 N/A
Police Officer Chris D. McCormick, Sr. 07-17-1996 Shot and killed while he and his partner searched for a prowler in a usually quiet neighborhood 33 N/A
Detective Joseph C. Thomas 07-18-1996 Shot and killed while serving a warrant on a house believed to hold narcotics 31 N/A
Sergeant Morris Cavaliere, Jr. 04-26-1998 Succumbed to injuries sustained on 04-25-1998 after being struck while on his motorcycle during a wedding procession 29 N/A
Reserve Officer Johnnie Mae Clanton 06-23-1999 Killed in a car crash (as the passenger) while headed to a stabbing call 38 Intersection of General Meyer Avenue and Southlawn Boulevard in New Orleans, Louisiana
Police Officer Christopher Wayne Russell 08-04-2002 Shot and killed after arriving on scene to a bar robbery 35 At the 1800 block of North Roman Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Retired Police Officer Alva Ray Simmons 07-10-2004 Succumbed to injuries sustained in 1985 from a gunshot wound after arriving on scene to a robbery 53 On Short Street, in the Carrollton community of New Orleans, Louisiana
Police Officer George August Tessier, III 07-14-2004 Struck and killed by a tractor trailer on the side of I-10 37 I-10 in New Orleans, Louisiana
Police Officer LaToya Nicole Johnson Shot and killed as she and her partner were serving commitment papers to a man for psychiatric evaluation 27 N/A
Police Officer Christopher John Doyle, III 11-19-2005 Died after contracting a virus during the rescue operations of Hurricane Katrina 25 N/A
Police Officer Thelonious Anthony Dukes, Sr. 11-09-2007 Succumbed to injuries sustained on 10-13-2007 after being shot in his home while trying to stop a robbery 47 N/A
Police Officer Nicola Diane Cotton 01-28-2008 Shot and killed while attempting to arrest a rape suspect 24 Off of Earhart Boulevard in New Orleans, Louisiana
Police Officer Alfred Louis Celestain, Sr. 01-11-2010 Succumbed to injuries sustained on 01-09-2010 after being struck by a drunk driver who ran a red light 54 Intersection of St. Charles Avenue and St. Joseph Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Police Officer II Rodney Renee Thomas 07-07-2013 Struck and killed by a reckless driver while at a crash scene 52 On the I-10 High Rise Bridge in New Orleans, Louisiana
Police Officer Daryle S. Holloway 06-20-2015 Shot and killed while transporting a suspect to the Central Gate lockup 46 Intersection of North Claiborne Avenue and Elysian Fields Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana
Police Officer Vernell Brown, Jr. 07-17-2015 Succumbed to injuries sustained on 07-12-2015 after being struck by a car while at a separate car fire 47 At the U.S. Highway 90 and I-10 split
Police Officer Natasha Maria Hunter 06-07-2016 Succumbed to injuries sustained on 06-05-2016 after being rear-ended by a drunk driver while blocking lanes for a crash 32 On I-10 near the Esplanade Avenue exit in New Orleans, Louisiana
Police Officer I Jude Williams Lewis 11-08-2016 Succumbed to injuries sustained on 06-01-2001 after losing control and striking a tree during a pursuit 46 Intersection of Washington Avenue and Pine Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
Police Officer Marcus Anthony McNeil 10-13-2017 Shot and killed as he and 3 other Officers investigated reports of a suspicious man 29 At the corner of Tara Lane and Lake Forest Boulevard in New Orleans, Louisiana

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References[edit]

  1. ^ New Orleans Police Department, City of New Orleans website
  2. ^ Bell, Caryn Cossé (1997). Revolution, Romanticism, and the Afro-Creole Protest Tradition in Louisiana 1718-1868. Baton-Rouge: Louisiana State University Press. p. 262. 
  3. ^ Vandal, Gilles (1984). The New Orleans Riot of 1866: Anatomy of a Tragedy, Center for Louisiana Studies, p. 137
  4. ^ "Reconstruction I: A State Divided". lsm.crt.state.la.us. 
  5. ^ [1].
  6. ^ http://www.wdsu.com/news/24010161/detail.html NOPD Chief Demotes High-Ranking Officers
  7. ^ http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2010/06/mayor_and_nopd_chief_announce.html mayor and police chief announce Major Reorganization of Police Force
  8. ^ Brendan McCarthy (March 1, 2011). "Overhaul of NOPD's upper ranks gets Civil Service Commission approval". The Times-Picayune. 
  9. ^ "Solving Homicides" (4 July 2015). The Economist. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "Kim Anh killer appeals death sentence" New Orleans Times-Picayune. Retrieved 2006-10-19.
  11. ^ "Len Davis sentenced to death for murder of Kim Groves". 
  12. ^ Horne, Jed (July 2006). Breach of Faith (Kindle ed.). 3093. ISBN 1400065526. 
  13. ^ "New Orleans officers charged with murder". 29 December 2006. 
  14. ^ "New Orleans cops cleared in bridge shooting". 13 August 2008. 
  15. ^ "Danziger Bridge jury form details charges against 5 guilty NOPD officers". 
  16. ^ NOPD Captain Jeff Winn fired; had been reassigned after testifying in Henry Glover killing, 25 March 2011, New Orleans TImes-Picayune
  17. ^ New Orleans Cop Gets Four Years For Fatal Drug Raid Shooting Caught on Video, 12 September 2013 by Radley Balko, Huffington Post
  18. ^ "NOPD - Consent Decree - City of New Orleans". www.nola.gov. 
  19. ^ New release from the US district attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana "FORMER NOPD OFFICER, MAURICE R. PALMER, SENTENCED FOR TAX EVASION" dated 25 April 2013
  20. ^ Two New Orleans police officers plead guilty in theft, fraud conspiracy, 13 February 2014, by Juliet Linderman, New Orleans TImes-Picayune
  21. ^ Ex-New Orleans detective pleads guilty to sexually assaulting three girls, by Carol Kuruvilla 29 March 2014, NY Daily News
  22. ^ https://www.nola.gov/getattachment/NOPD/Policies/Chapter-41-10-Uniform-Specifications-EFFECTIVE-4-15-18.pdf/
  23. ^ http://www.nopjf.org/recruiting/salary.asp New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation: Salary & Benefits
  24. ^ http://www.cityofno.com/portal.aspx?portal=50&tabid=45 City of New Orleans - Police Department: Salary & Benefits
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  26. ^ Treaster, Joseph B.; Newman, Maria (30 August 2005). "Rescuers Search for Survivors as Higher Death Tolls Are Feared" – via NYTimes.com. 
  27. ^ "60 New Orleans Police Fired". 
  28. ^ "After Katrina: Washed Away?" (PDF). 4 June 2016. 
  29. ^ "Improving Recruitment and Retention in the New Orleans Police Department". www.rand.org. 

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