Landrieu unveils proposal to reform NOPD's troubled off-duty, paid detail system

Landrieu unveils proposal to reform NOPD's troubled off-duty, paid detail system

Landrieu unveils proposal to reform NOPD's troubled off-duty, paid detail system

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Posted on March 7, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Brendan McCarthy / Eyewitness News
Email: bmccarthy@wwltv.com | Twitter: @bmccarthyWWL

NEW ORLEANS -- Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration introduced two city ordinances Thursday aimed at reforming the police department's troubled off-duty paid detail system.

Landrieu wants a newly created Office of Police Secondary Employment to manage off-duty cops that work for private interests.

One ordinance mandates that all off-duty employment money will go to a a city “enterprise fund.” Some operational costs will be taken out. Later, the office will pay the cops.

For decades, officers were paid, often in cash, directly from private groups or people.

Another proposed ordinance will establishes pay scales and rates for the off-duty police work, according to a City Hall news release.

The New Orleans Police Department’s unregulated detail system has been dubbed an "aorta of corruption" by the U.S. Department of Justice.

The system fueled misconduct and corruption, and caused some cops to misplace their priorities in private, paid details, according to the feds, who called for strict regulation of the process.

The Office of Police Secondary Employment was established last May and currently boasts four employees, including Director John Salomone.

The City Council is poised to take up the ordinances at its April 4 meeting, according to the Landrieu administration.

 

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