NOPD Consent Decree
In May 2010, at the invitation of Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) began investigating an alleged pattern of civil rights violations and other misconduct by the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD). On March 16, 2011, the DOJ issued a written report alleging unconstitutional conduct by the NOPD and describing the DOJ’s concerns about various NOPD policies and procedures.
On July 24, 2012, the City, the NOPD and the DOJ entered into a Consent Decree, which was the nation’s most expansive Consent Decree. The Consent Decree contains a broad array of separate tasks and goals detailed in more than 490 paragraphs and 110 pages; it reflects a shared commitment to effective, constitutional, and professional law enforcement. The Court approved the Consent Decree on January 11, 2013.
The Consent Decree is a broad, extensive blueprint for positive change, and it encompasses sweeping, department-wide reforms that understandably may require years to accomplish fully.
Within the NOPD, the Compliance Bureau is tasked with, among other things, facilitating the implementation of the Consent Decree.
NOPD Policy: New Chapters
The following chapters have been approved by the Department of Justice and the Office of the Consent Decree Monitor.
Consent Decree Monitor
On August 9, 2013, the law firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP was appointed, by order of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, to establish the Office of the Consent Decree Monitor.
The role of the Consent Decree Monitor is to "assess and report whether the requirements of the Consent Decree have been implemented, and whether this implementation is resulting in the constitutional and professional treatment of individuals by NOPD."
CDM (Consent Decree Monitor) Publications
Consent Decree Monitor 2013 Quarterly Reports
Consent Decree Monitor 2014 Quarterly Reports
Consent Decree Monitor 2015 Quarterly Reports
Consent Decree Monitor 2016 Quarterly Reports
Consent Decree Monitor Special Reports
Visit the Consent Decree Monitor’s website
NOPD Consent Decree Publications
New Orleans Police Department Biannual Report
The Biannual Report of the New Orleans Police Department delineates the many steps taken by NOPD since the entry of the Consent Decree as well as an assessment of progress to-date. In addition, the Biannual Report delineates plans to correct any issue and respond to any concerns raised by the Consent Decree Monitor.
2014 Annual Reports
2015 Annual Reports
2016 Quarterly Reports
2016 Annual Reports
Community Policing Plans
NOPD created the following community policing plans for each district based on community input. NOPD will continually update these plans based on community input and discuss progress meeting the goals of these plans at monthly NONPACC meetings (click here for a schedule of upcoming NONPACC meetings).
Policing Data Reports
NOPD policing data reports offer insight into investigations and policies regarding calls for service, field interviews, use of force, sexual assault, domestic violence, community engagement, and crisis intervention.
View policing data
Annual Master Training Plan
The Education and Training Division program goals are strategically aligned to support the Department’s mission in providing professional police services to the public to maintain order, protect life and property, engage the neighborhood and community, and integrate community and solution-oriented problem solving. The Academy’s task is to develop well-trained, highly motivated and courteous employees to serve our community and organization with pride and professionalism.
The Annual Master Training Plan (AMTP) supports the Department mission by identifying a comprehensive set of educational goals and objectives that fosters professional development and provides the skills training necessary for officers to perform their duties in an unbiased, safe and proficient manner.
View annual master training plan
Ethical Policing Is Courageous (EPIC)
Ethical Policing Is Courageous (EPIC) is a peer intervention program developed by the NOPD, in collaboration with community partners, to promote a culture of high-quality and ethical policing. EPIC educates, empowers, and supports the officers on the streets to play a meaningful role in “policing” one another. EPIC is a peer intervention program; a program that teaches officers how to intervene to stop a wrongful action before it occurs.
At its core, EPIC is an officer survival program, a community safety program, and a job satisfaction program. EPIC represents a cultural change in policing that equips, encourages, and supports officers to intervene to prevent misconduct and ensure high-quality policing. Everyone benefits when potential misconduct is not perpetrated or a potential mistake is not made.
EPIC seeks to inculcate active bystandership into everything an officer does, and to provide officers with the tools and resources needed to do it well. EPIC incorporates lessons learned instituting active bystandership in other sectors. EPIC strives to redefine police culture so that intervention to prevent or stop harmful action is not an exception to good team-work; it is the very definition of good teamwork. To do this, EPIC reaches throughout the NOPD and touches everything the Department does. EPIC:
- Redefines critical loyalty;
- Changes (or at least adds to) what we look for in the officers we hire;
- Trains officers and supervisors to identify danger signs;
- Equips officers with the skills they need to intervene before problems
- occur/escalate, and to do so safely;
- Supports and protects officers who do the right thing; and
- Provides officers with resources to help them make ethical decisions.
The Department’s management is fully committed to peer intervention and to the key role it will play as we all work together to transform the NOPD into a premier law enforcement institution.
The materials below are available for use by police departments across the country. For more information, please reach out to EPIC Program Director Detective Jake Lundy at JHLundy@nola.gov or at (504)658-EPIC.
Download EPIC Presentation (500 MB)