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New Commander In At PIB

Since a scathing 2011 Department of Justice report, the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD)’s Public Integrity Bureau (PIB) has been busy. The unit has also seen several new faces at the top. On Tuesday, the trend continued with a new Commander at PIB.


At Wednesday’s COMSTAT meeting, Chief Michael Harrison appointed Lieutenant Gwendolyn Moity as the new chief of the internal affairs investigators. Deputy Chief Arlinda Westbrook, a former city attorney and a controversial figure amongst rank and file cops, will still retain her overall supervisory role in the department.


Nolan has an long resume. After completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from University of Louisiana-Lafayette, she logged three years with the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Department. Over the next 18 years she rose through the ranks of the NOPD and snagged a Master’s in Criminal Justice from Loyola University New Orleans. Most recently, she served as Platoon Commander in the NOPD Fourth District. 


Following the DOJ report, the PIB has been increasingly active. Use of Force reviews, secondary detail investigations, and a high number of domestic violence incidents involving officers have kept the department working overtime. Most recently, a series of scandals connected with the Sex Crime Unit were handed over to the PIB.

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