The public will have a chance to question the court-appointed monitors overseeing progress on New Orleans Police Department reforms at a pair of meetings this week.
The monitoring team led by the firm Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton issued its second quarterly report late last month on the NOPD’s efforts to meet deadlines set under perhaps the nation’s most wide-ranging consent decree for reform of a local police department.
The 492-point blueprint for changes within the long-maligned police force was signed by Mayor Mitch Landrieu and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in July 2012. It covers issues ranging from use of force and accountability to photo suspect identification practices, language assistance and the off-duty police detail system.
U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan endorsed the pact in January 2013.
The latest report said the NOPD has lagged in meeting several deadlines laid out in the consent decree, but it praised the city for making good strides on one of its most controversial aspects: placing the police detail system under city management.
The meetings will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Algiers Technology Academy, 6501 Berkley Drive, and from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Norman Mayer Public Library, 3001 Gentilly Blvd.
The report can be found at www.consentdecreemonitor.com.