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Jeudi

April 17th

Jazz in the Park

Armstrong Park (3 p.m.)

This year’s free concert series kicks off with Fifth Ward Weebie, the Landry-Walker Marching Band, and Glen David Andrews  

 

Umphrey's McGee

Civic Theatre (7 p.m.)

with Lionize

 

Tuba Skinny

Ogden Museum (5:30 p.m.)

After Hours with food from Miss Linda’s Soul Food Catering, drinks, and more. Admission is $10  

 

Concerts in the Courtyard

Historic New Orleans Collection (6 p.m.)

French Quarter happy hour, with cocktails and music! This week, featuring the New Orleans Nightingales

 

The Breton Sound

Gasa Gasa (9 p.m.)

with Pinkerton

 

Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas

Rock n Bowl (8:30 p.m.)

Zydeco Night!

 

Soul Rebels

Le Bon Temps Roule (11 p.m.)

Brass band jam on Magazine Street!

Vendredi

April 18th

Sirens Album Release

Gasa Gasa (7 p.m.)

With Madonnathan & All People, Brent Houzenga, and more  

 

Uptown Get Down feat. Chicken George

Tipitina's (9 p.m.)

Plus DJ Quickie Mart, Unicorn Fukr & more

 

Ellis Marsalis Quartet

Snug Harbor (8 p.m., 10 p.m.)

Famous local Jazz pianist and bandleader performs  

 

Singin' in the Rain Screening

NOMA’s Sculpture Garden (5 p.m.)

Friday nights at NOMA and Moonlight Movies come together  

 

YG

House of Blues (9 p.m.)

Rapper makes stop on his My Krazy Life tour  

 

Guitar Lightnin' Lee

Kermit’s Mother in Law Lounge (10 p.m.)

Bluesy New Orleans guitar   


NOPD Boosts Recruits, Training for New Cop Class


Heeding persistent calls from the Department of Justice and citizens, the NOPD is feverishly working to expand its forces. Chief Ronal Serpas introduced new recruits today, with Class #169 set to put more highly trained feet on the street.

 

Today, Mayor Mitch and Serpas met with Class #169 of the  NOPD Training Academy.  This is the second recruitment class since Serpas’ appointment by the Mayor.

 

“We are one of the few cities in America doing recruitment classes, while other cities are decreasing their forces, New Orleans is adding forces.  In order for crime to go down, we need more officers and the city needs more resources to continue to add more officers,” explained Da' Mayor.

 

This new recruitment class will be held to a higher standard than its predecessors.  Applicants must have at least 60 hours of college credit completed, or two years of full military service.  There is also a newly instituted residency rule for the recruits. They will complete 910 hours of in-class training, as opposed to the previous 610. 

 

The increased sensitivity training is a first step for advocacy organizations, and citizens of New Orleans who have complained about various issues such as NOPD's lack of tactical training, LGBTQ policies, and handling of cases involving mental illness.

 

New classes added to the training curriculum are “Introduction to Community Policing”, “Professional Performance Enhancement”, “Unbiased Professional Policing”, “Active Shooter Response”, and “Building Searches”.  More intensive emphasis will be put on “Handling Domestic Violence Cases”, “Cultural Awareness” (that includes LGBT training), “Legal Use of Force” and “Handling Cases where Mentally-disturbed individuals are Involved”. 

 

Recruits will be schooled on how to take victim’s reports, defensive driving, firearm target practice and the all-important being tased to familiarize themselves on the effect that amount of force has when being used in a situation that requires such measures.  Recruits will complete a 25-week course, eight hours a day, Monday through Friday.  Following the in-class, recruits will do four to six months of field training, putting them on the streets in approximately a year.

 

The make-up of Class #169 consists of 30 recruits, forty percent with military background, seventy percent holding college degrees and one with a Master’s degree.

Serpas boasted about the new program, and he took the opportunity to acknowledge his officers' busy schedules.

 

“This is when you want to be a part of the NOPD” said Serpas “Change is coming and you are going to be a part of it, a part of a great police department that handle such events like Mardi Gras and the Super Bowl, you are going to be a part of something great.”

 

There is an application process already underway for the next recruitment class that Serpas and da Mayor hope to see begin training before the year is out.

 

Legislation to raise property taxes to fund expansion of the police and fire departments passed unanimously in the House on Tuesday.  House Bill 290 would raise the cap and allow the city to levy an additional $1 million of property tax and is forecast to bring in an additional $5.7 million per year to aid public safety departments.

 




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