54 NOPD officers to begin patrol duties this week

By Jonathan Bullington, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
on February 21, 2016 at 10:50 AM, updated February 21, 2016 at 4:09 PM

nola 54 policeFifty-four members of the New Orleans Police Department will shift to patrol duties starting Sunday (Feb. 21) as part of a department-wide restructuring aimed at curbing skyrocketing police response times.

The move, announced last month, comes as public clamor for faster response times from police has risen in recent months following the revelation that New Orleans residents waited – on average – more than 1 hour for officers to be dispatched to service calls last year, according to an analysis of those calls by NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune and WVUE Fox 8 News.

“My number one priority is to make New Orleans a safer city and we are doing that by putting the right number of officers on the street to prevent crime and to respond quickly when residents need our help,” NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison said in a release announcing the beginning of the redeployment.

The 54 officers slated for patrol will join an additional 28 recruits expected to begin patrol duties on April 24, NOPD said. A second redeployment phase, expected to add another 40 patrol officers, is also expected to take place this spring.

Read more here: http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2016/02/82_nopd_officers_to_begin_patr.html#incart_river_index

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