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MERCREDI

May 24th

Jazz Pilates

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 12PM

Led by renowned jazz vocalist Stephanie Jordan

 

Happy Hour Sessions

The Foundation Room, 5PM

Featuring the raw blues and smokey femininity of Hedijo

 

Shake It Break It Band

21st Amendment, 5PM

Step back in time and enjoy some tunes

 

Lighting from a Theatrical Perspective

NOLA Community Printshop, 6PM

Hosted by veteran Lighting Designer, Andrew J. Merkel

 

Free Spirited Yoga

The Tchoup Yard, 6:30PM

Free yoga, optional beer and food

 

Big Easy Playboys

Bank Street Bar, 7PM

Mixing roots, rock, and blues

 

Think Less, Hear More

Hi-Ho Lounge, 9PM

Spontaneous compositions to projected movies

 

 

JEUDI

May 25th

Soft Opening

Royal Brewery, 11AM

Come celebrate the opening of NOLA’s newest brewery

 

Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans

Royal Street, FQ, 11AM

Doreen Ketchens and her band

 

Jazz in the Park

New Orleans Armstrong Park, 4PM

Music by Honey Island Swamp Band + Hot 8 Brass Band

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 6PM

Featuring the funky sounds of Margie Perez

 

Conversation: On Cecilia Vicuña

Contemporary Arts Center, 7PM

Discussion on the “About to Happen” exhibition

 

JD Hill & The Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

R&B, rock blues, and everything in between

 

Luke Winslow King

Tipitina’s, 9PM

Support by The Washboard Rodeo

 

Dave Easley

Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 10PM

Witness one of the city’s best guitarists

 

VENDREDI

May 26th

Bayou Country Superfest

Mercedes Benz Superdome, 11AM

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts and many more

 

Magazine St. Art Market

Dat Dog, 4PM

Happy hour + local art

 

Royal Street Stroll

200-900 Blocks of Royal St, 530PM

Led by the Krewe of Cork

 

YP Family Game Night

Urban League of Greater New Orleans, 6PM

Game night for young professionals and their families

 

Toonces and Friends

Marigny Opera House, 7PM

An orchestral journey through time

 

Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 10PM

Featuring J.DUB’L and residents Erica and Rye

 

New Thousand + Adrian

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Violin centered hip hop

 

Free Music Series

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring Bubl Trubl


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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