Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Interim Superintendent of Police, New Orleans Police Department (NOPD), Michael S. Harrison speaks outside NOPD headquarters about the shooting of NOPD officer Jonathan Smith, 44, earlier in the day at Gene's Po-Boys in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014.

Congratulations to Lt. Michael S. Harrison as the new New Orleans Police Department superintendent. To attain the goal of 1,575 police officers, he may want to try to implement the following:

  • Raise the educational requirements of all new incoming police academy graduates. They would have to have at least an associate degree in sociology, psychology or criminology. Funds could be allocated for these officers to get their bachelor’s degree within eight years (tied into a pay raise for all those who complete their degrees).
  • Drop the residency requirement for new officers who want to join the police force. With this requirement still in force, the city will never be able to reach its goal of 1,575 police officers.
  • Implement a strict physical fitness program that is ongoing (a physical fitness test every six months for everyone).
  • Start putting more police on a walking beat. This will help residents establish a rapport with the officers, and, hopefully, more trust will develop between residents and the Police Department.

Michael Bowen

retired state employee

Baton Rouge