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Botanical Garden, 10AM
Art exhibit and sale en plein air
Alex Beard Studio, 5PM
Drinks, food, painting to celebrate the artist's studio opening
Maison Dupuy Hotel, 5PM
Fancy foods, music by jazz great Tim Laughlin, and event raffle
Benachi House & Gardens, 6PM
Southern Rep's fundraising dinner and party
New Canal Lighthouse, 6PM
Coastal scientist discusses his work
Smoothie King Center, 7PM
The Birds and the Mavs go head to head
Allways Lounge, 7PM
Last game planned in the Allways's popular performance & game night
2314 Iberville St., 7:30PM
Cocktails for a cause
Saenger Theatre, 8PM
The Beach Boy presents "Pet Sounds"
Catahoula Hotel, 8PM
Free drinks if you can do his dance. Vote for Pedro!
BJs in the Bywater, 8PM
Poetry with Clare Welsh and Todd Cirillo
Bar Redux, 9PM
NOLA's Horror Films Fest screens shorts
Howlin Wolf, 10PM
Bronx hip hop comes south
Bywater Art Lofts, 6PM
Live art in the air
Ogden Museum, 6PM
Feat. Mia Borders
New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6PM
Exhibit opening on the late Pete Fountain
Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture, 6PM
Unveiling of Big Freedia's 2018 Krew du Viewux costume
Langston Hughes Academy, 7PM
8th annual dinner party in the Dreamkeeper Garden
The Republlic, 7PM
Immersive pop-up gallery, boutique, and stage show
Euphorbia Kava Bar, 7PM
DIY rock, pop, punk show
Saenger Theatre, 7:30PM
Joy Theater, 8PM
The Carver, 9PM
NOLA brass all-stars
Gasa Gasa, 9PM
Feat. Burn Like Fire and I'm Fine in support
Allways Lounge, 10:30PM
Feat. Creep Cuts and Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers
One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM
80s dance party
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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