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NOPD Chief Serpas Resigns

Controversial Tenure Ends, Harrison in Interim

Updated 11:29a.m.

NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas resigned today. Lt. Michael Harrison, Commander of the Seventh District, will take the reigns as Interim Police Superintendent.

Cop Shoots Suspect Sunday, NOPD Confirms Wednesday

A man was shot by a police officer during an altercation over the weekend in Algiers, police said Wednesday. At an evening news conference, NOPD Chief Ronal Serpas took the blame for not releasing the information to the public earlier.

NOPD Reverses Tattoo Ban in Compromise with Union

Updated 1:25 p.m.

NOPD brass bowed to union requests to relax an ink-averse tattoo policy for rank-and-file officers, the Fraternal Order of Police announced Thursday. According to a message sent to membership, NOPD Chief Ronal Serpas agreed to a compromise on the tattoo tiff that will allow officers to wear short-sleeved uniforms, even if they have some tattoos. 

NOPD Recruitment Drive Continues with Vets, Churches

The NOPD is renewing its push to recruit new officers to join the force. Over the next three months, the City will run a pair of 30-second ads on local websites, and target veterans who may be interested in becoming police officers. The City is aiming to grow the police department to 1,600 officers. Currently, NOPD numbers just over 1,100 officers.

NOPD Announces Safe Cams for Residents

by Stacy Coco 

As of Wednesday, March 12, a new online service called SafeCamNOLA is up and running. The New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation partnered with NOPD, to announce the launch of the surveillance service. 

Cameras, Fire Boat Among New NOLA Safety Gear for 2014

For today's edition of Mayor Mitch's end-of-year, start-of-the-new-campaign press conferences, the scene shifted from the comfy confines of Perdido to head for the NOPD's bat cave. At the warehouse, Da Mayor and NOLA public safety officials showed off some new tools that they acquired over the last year.

Extreme Makeover: NOPD Edition

Sheriff Marlin Gusman is not the only one who's had some trouble eeking out funding from the City of New Orleans. NOPD officers at the French Quarter's 8th District police station (334 Royal Street) were working in subpar conditions, until the community rallied around the need for renovations. NOPD Chief Ronal Serpas, District Commander Jeffrey Walls, Col. Jerry Sneed, Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson-Palmer, and COPS8 pointman Ken Caron, unveiled the new digs to the public on Wednesday. 

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. 

Baby Killed in Central City Double Shooting

Updated 8:50 a.m.

A one-year-old girl was killed by gunfire on a Central City sidewalk on Thursday night, according to NOPD. The girl was with her 18-year-old babysitter, who was also injured in the incident, police said. Shots rang out just before 8:30 p.m. in the 2800 block of S. Saratoga St., near Washington Ave.

NOPD Inks New Tattoo Policy

A new tattoo policy getting under the skin of some NOPD officers, according to a local police union. On August 1, NOPD officers will no longer be allowed to have tattoos visible while wearing their uniform, according to a new policy. NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas says the move is aimed at promoting professionalism across the department, but cops have been telling their unions that it's an unnecessary regulation.

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