New Orleans Losing Officers Faster Than It Can Replace Them, FOP Says

A recent issue of the New Orleans FOP’s newsletter says that “in the past year, the New Orleans Police Department has lost nearly 200 veteran police officers and recruits, bringing our commissioned strength to dangerously low levels.” According to an FOP spokesman, the department employs approximately 1,380 sworn officers, which is down from the preferred staffing level of between 1,700 and 2,000.

FOP Spokesman Harry Dean: “Because of budget constraints, no new officers (are) coming on board. Even if we did it’s going to take about 18 months before they are even effective to be put on the street by themselves. … We are working short-handed.”


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