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Scott Satchfield / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- Known by many for his music career under the name DJ Jubilee, to kids in Central City, Jerome Temple is coach.

'My thing is, I want to make somebody's life better than mine,' Temple said.

Temple is focused on guiding kids down a positive path. But, he knows a strong police department could also impact their futures -- a reason he believes federal oversight for the NOPD is the right move.

'It sounds like it's a good thing because if you do have bad cops that's still doing bad things, they gonna weed 'em out,' Temple said. 'The New Orleans Police Department has a black eye, and they've been having a black eye for years for doing so many different things.'

The new consent decree is made up of a series of major reforms for the NOPD.

Those who drew up the plan point to a pattern of unlawful conduct within the department, including civil rights violations and other criminal acts.

Marjorie Esman, who heads up the ACLU of Louisiana, likes what she sees on paper.

'I think it is thorough. I think it covers everything it needs to cover and it's just a question of making sure that everything is done according to how it's written,' Esman said.

From an emphasis on changing the traffic stop policy to better training for officers, back at the football field, those we talked with are relieved the consent decree is in place.

'We need that in the community, in the city of New Orleans to make a big change and they need all the experience they can get to make things better in the city,' said Anthony Lewis, Sr.

'Better training is good,' Temple said. 'Everybody always needs better training, just like these kids need better coaching and stuff like that. So, it's gonna always help the department and also help New Orleans, because New Orleans is on the rise right now and people gotta understand, this is a city that is moving.'

People we talked with say they know there have always been excellent officers on the force.

Now, they just hope that will soon expand to include the entire NOPD.

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