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NOPD Graduates First New Recruits in 2 Years

Amid all the reforming and runnin' down bad guys, the NOPD took a little time for pomp and circumstance today.  The New Orleans Police Department graduated its first academy class since 2010 - marking the first batch of new recruits under Chief Ronal Serpas that had to have at least 60 hours of college credits, or the equivalent of 2 years of full service in the military.  The 28-person class underwent 23 weeks of training - one more than previous classes. The extra week was due to new curriculum, as requested by the Department of Justice.


The new courses featured many of the areas in which the federally-monitoried consent decree will attempt to reform the NOPD. Some examples are "unbiased, professional policing, "Active Shooter Response" and "Intro to Community Policing." Introduction to Community Policing”, “Professional Performance Enhancement." Pre-existing courses like “Cultural Awareness”, “Legal Use of Force” and “Handling Cases where Mentally-disturbed Individuals are involved," saw their hours extended.


The microscope that has been held up to the NOPD over the last several years was not lost during the ceremony.


"So much has changed over time, and now we must change with it," recruit Adle Haddad during the class speech. "I do not view the struggles we face today as a problem, but more of an opportunity for a brighter future."

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