NOPD Has Not Grown Despite Recruiting Effort By Mitch Landrieu

Despite efforts by the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) and Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the police force seems to still not be growing all that much.

In a report by, the NOPD apparently has only added 18 new officers since July of 2014, with a total of 1,158 police officers. Landrieu made an effort back in 2013 to recruit more officers, in which he set a goal of 1,600 officers for the NOPD. But, that number is nowhere near reality.

Back in July of 2014, the NOPD conducted an entire three-month advertising fleet with their $600,000 marketing budget, though it seems that effort has largely failed as well.

Crime in the city of New Orleans has been an ongoing issue for Landrieu.

However, a characterization that the NOPD is understaffed may not be exactly the case or the problem for the Big Easy. The New Orleans Inspector General reviewed the NOPD last year and concluded that the police department is not, in fact, understaffed. Instead, the IG said the NOPD was not “properly deploying its existing manpower,” according to

Now, to try to make up for the failed recruiting efforts, the NOPD just lowered the bar for officers a little bit for applicants.

High school graduates will now be allowed to apply for a position at NOPD, a plan that was supported by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the Police and Justice Foundation, multiple police unions and the city’s business council.

Before, NOPD applicants had to have a college education, which advocates said was a positive requirement because it led to better educated police officers.

Besides all of this, NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison will be hiring a “civilian deputy chief of staff,” which will not be a position under the city’s Civil Service System and will be high paid, with an estimated salary between $76,109 and $119,031, according to



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