2 public meetings to assist disparity study 

As part of the 2017 City of New Orleans Disparity Study, Keen Independent Research will conduct two public meetings to collect input for the study.

The disparity study is analyzing conditions for minority- and women-owned firms in the New Orleans area.

"The public meetings and surveys are critical components of our research process," said David Keen, principal of Keen Independent Research. "It is imperative to hear directly from business owners about their experiences in the local marketplace."

The public meetings will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Training, Resource and Assistive Technology Center at the Oliver St. Pé Center, Room 101, at the University of New Orleans.

During the meetings, participants will have the opportunity to voice their experiences with local procurement opportunities.

Businesses and managers have until Monday to respond to an email survey.

The New Orleans Disparity Study began in January. It is analyzing city construction, professional services, goods and other service contracts awarded from 2012 through 2016. The final report is due in early 2018.

The study results will help the city improve its efforts to aid minority- and women-owned firms and other small businesses to access city contract opportunities.

For information, email NOLADisparityStudy@keenindependent.com or visit www.noladisparitystudy.com.

Supreme Court marks Constitution Day

The Louisiana Supreme Court will celebrate national Constitution Day on Monday by giving away free pocket-sized copies of the U.S. Constitution at its home at 400 Royal St.

Citizens are encouraged to pick up a copy and also to visit the exhibits in the Louisiana Supreme Court Museum and the Louisiana Law Library.

Constitution Day commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787 and recognizes all who, by birth or by naturalization, have become U.S. citizens.

“On Sept. 17, 1787, the founding fathers signed the most influential document in American history: the United States Constitution. This document established the framework of our government and the rights and freedoms that ‘we the people’ enjoy today. We celebrate this great work on its 230th anniversary and invite local and visiting citizens to join us,” Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson said.

The courthouse is open to visitors between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. No food, drink or cameras are permitted in the building. Cellphone cameras are permitted.

Tammany Sheriff's Office seeking 'junior deputies'

Boys and girls who are interested in careers in law enforcement are invited to an informational open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 23 at the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Pearl River Training Center, 39395 Pine Street, Pearl River.

They must be between the ages of 14 and 20 and must have completed the eighth grade if under 15. 

The Sheriff’s Office is re-establishing its Junior Deputy Explorer Post No. 1324, and this event will serve as a kickoff for this program.

The Law Enforcement Explorer Program, which is a program of the Boy Scouts of America, provides young adults interested in future careers in law enforcement an awareness of the criminal justice system through training, practical experiences and other activities.

The program will introduce young people to potential careers in law enforcement or related criminal justice fields and will promote strength of character, respect for the rule of law, physical fitness, good citizenship and patriotism.

Five areas of emphasis will be career opportunities, life skills, citizenship, character education and leadership experience.

Participants will receive career-focused training and will serve the community by assisting the Sheriff’s Office in non-enforcement and volunteer liaison capacities.

The open house on Sept. 23 will allow parents and potential participants to learn more about the program and to fill out necessary registration forms. A registration fee of $75 per year will cover local and national dues, insurance and a program T-shirt.

The year will run from January to December, but those registering between now and the end of 2017 will be covered under the 2018 dues.

For more information, call Sgt. Barry Sicard at (985) 863-6507 or email barrysicard@stpso.com.