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Domicile Law Expands NOPD Job Pool


One recruitment barrier for NOPD and other public agencies was broken yesterday. An ordinance to amend the city’s domicile requirement for first responders was passed in the City Council chambers after being introduced last September. The ordinance opens up employment opportunities in EMT, NOFD, and NOPD for those outside of Orleans Parish. 


Mayor, Officials Tout Gang Busting Results for 2013


There seems to be a theme this week for Mayor Mitch’s crime fighting campaign, and Da’ Mayor was joined today by fellow officials to tout the city’s Group Violence Reduction Strategy. U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite Jr., Orleans Parish D.A. Leon Cannizzaro, Chief Ronal Serpas and Sheriff Marlin Gusman spoke on behalf of the ramped up efforts to bust gangs, get convictions, and tackle violence preemptively. 


NOPD on A&E in 'First 48' Episode


Television depictions of New Orleans' all-too-frequent murder scenes on are typically limited to a few shots of detectives shining flashlights, and perhaps some sound bites. But tonight, viewers will get a more in-depth look behind the yellow tape in the first of a run of NOPD-focused episodes on the A&E show, The First 48.


NOPD Posts Job Banners, Talks Bayou Classic


NOPD is trying to bring more people into their stations, and we’re not referring to quotas. Chief Ronal Serpas announced this morning a new ad campaign, a “relatively inexpensive” solution to their recruiting efforts. The “giant banners” (pictured) will hang at all eight stations. Serpas took the opportunity to give the public some info on Bayou Classic police measures, as well. 


First Responders Gather for Inspection, Mass in French Quarter (PHOTOS)


It isn't a holy day of obligation for civilians, but NOLA's first responders had to rise and shine for church this morning. The city's police, firefighters, and EMS personnel gathered in Jackson Square at 10 a.m. for their annual 'inspection' and mass, led by Archbishop Gregory Aymond.  


Serpas Responds to Underreported Crime Claims


The Louisiana Legislative Auditor was the latest outside body to look into NOPD, and they found that some Crescent City crimes went unreported. According to the auditor, 319 out of 1000 crimes were either not reported or improperly documented in 2012. Another sampling of 20 reports found two crimes that were classified incorrectly, resulting in the incidents going unreported.


Cops Get New Scooters, iPads from FQMD


Conditions are about to get tougher for Vieux Carre criminals, now that the cops have more two-wheeled transportation. NOPD boasts five brand new iPads and scooters, giving them the mobility to weave through traffic and a world of parking opportunities. 


Officer Ignores Fight, Suspended for Inaction (VIDEO)


UPDATED 9.19, 10:30 a.m.

Cortez Hankton was off his A-game on September 8, when a double fight broke out on Canal Street. The officer idled as a pair of women and two men beat each other, and a bystander got a video of the inaction. Chief Ronal Serpas held a press conference today to announce the Department’s decision to place Hankton on emergency suspension without pay. 


Eight Indicted in 'Taliban' Gang


Local agencies have busted up another alleged gang, following indictments of the 89ers, 3NG, and the 110ers earlier this summer. The “Taliban,” also known as the “Hotglocks,” operated out of Pigeon Town, and eight alleged members were indicted yesterday. The severity of their charges ranges from Second Degree Murder to Public Intimidation. 


Two Arrested in Algiers Murder


A 24-year-old man was killed in Algiers yesterday, and NOPD arrested the suspected shooters within an hour of the murder. Hours later, police arrested a man at a routine traffic stop in the same area. NOPD attributes the speedy apprehensions to “Mission 2”, a crime fighting initiative intended to increase foot traffic and improve relationships between law enforcement and residents.


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