NOPD consent decree to be topic at meetings

The New Orleans Police Department will hold a series of community meetings over the next two weeks to update residents on progress the department has made in complying with the federal consent decree and to discuss ways the department is working to engage with the community.

There will be one meeting in each police district. All will start at 6 p.m.

The schedule is:

1st District: Wednesday at University Medical Center, 2000 Canal St., Room C.

2nd District: Thursday at Tulane University’s Lavin-Bernick Center, Room 212 (Qatar Ballroom).

3rd District: June 29 at Lakeview Christian Center, 5885 Fleur de Lis Drive.

4th District: June 30 at the Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive.

5th District: June 28 at the Sanchez Multi-Purpose Center, 1616 Caffin Ave.

6th District: Tuesday at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 O.C. Haley Blvd.

7th District: Monday at New Orleans East Hospital, 5620 Read Blvd.

8th District: June 27 at St. Jude Community Center, 400 N. Rampart St.

NOPD district stations to close at night

Starting Monday, all New Orleans police district stations, except for the 8th District station in the 300 block of Royal Street, will be closed to the public between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m.

Night watch desk officers who have been assigned to administrative duties at the stations will be reassigned to street patrols.

Officers and supervisors who are assigned to the night watch still will have access to the buildings.

The move is part of a department-wide effort to put more commissioned officers on street patrols across the city.

“Right now, night watch desk officers answer one call for service every other day,” NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison said. “Their time is better spent away from the desk and on the streets patrolling our neighborhoods.

“Our goal is to put more officers on patrol to reduce our response times and combat violent crime across the city, and we will make it happen by continuing to identify and implement smart deployment strategies that help us use our resources efficiently.”

Moving night watch desk officers to the street adds the equivalent of 10 officers to patrol, Harrison said.

With this move, the department has redeployed a total of 86 officers to patrol since the redeployment plan started in February.

Councilman to hold community meetings

New Orleans City Councilman James Gray will hold four community meetings in his district this week.

“I look forward to discussing improvements in the district and to hearing your concerns in person,” Gray said. “We want to make District E the best place in New Orleans to live, raise a family, open a business, work, vacation and generally enjoy life.”

All the meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The lineup is:

Monday: Lower 9th Ward meeting at the Sanchez Multi-Purpose Center, 1616 Caffin Ave. All residents and association leaders in the area are invited.

Tuesday: Chef Menteur and West Lake Forest neighborhoods at St. Mary’s Gym, 6905 Chef Menteur Highway. The area includes Rosedale, Academy Park, Bel Air, Plum Orchard, Castle Manor, Donna Villa, Adams Court, Pressburg East, Sherwood Forest, West Lake Forest, Wimbledown, Cindy Place, Lakewood East and Village de Jardin.

Wednesday: Hayne and Bullard-510 neighborhoods at New Home Family Ministries, 13800 Hayne Blvd. The area includes Bullard Park, Lake Carmel, Tamaron Estates, Kingswood, Briarwood, Wales/Reindeer and Little Woods.

Thursday: Eastern New Orleans at Mary Queen of Vietnam Church cafeteria, 5069 Willowbrook Drive. The area includes Lake Catherine, Mary Queen of Vietnam, Oak Island, Venetian Isles, Village de l’Est and Michoud.

For details, email or call (504) 658-1050.