Democrat New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell faces a very tough situation with skyrocketing crime along with not enough police officers. Cantrell's city is the newly-crowned murder capital of the United States.
As a result, a new initiative is being launched in New Orleans that will be sending civilians to crime scenes. Additionally, they will be re-deploying officers to the streets who were previously working in administrative, specialty, and detective capacities.
According to NOPD superintendent Shaun Ferguson, the new civilian employees will be tasked with monitoring phones and online reports; surveillance of certain events; issuing traffic citations; and doing investigative work.
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What type of investigative work? It will include collecting evidence at crime scenes and responding to thefts.
"As we take calls over the phone," said Ferguson, "there may be some evidence that needs to be collected with that call. We'll have civilian investigators to go out and collect that evidence instead of an officer having to go out there."
Additional to deploying citizens, ranking officers will also be assigned to patrol the streets.
"That's what has to happen for now at least, until we can hire more people, train more people and stop the attrition, so we stop shrinking," Michael Glasser, the president of the Police Association of New Orleans, told WWL-TV.
How does NOPD plan to recruit more officers? Applicants who previously would have been declined will now be accepted. For instance, low credit scores and drug histories will now be accepted.
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