NOPD calls on retired officers to help fight crime
NEW ORLEANS - In its fight against crime, New Orleans is calling on former police officers to join the police department as unpaid reserve officers.
The New Orleans Police Department is making this push as it struggles to deal with a shrunken force and an uptick in violent crime.
At a news conference Thursday, police Superintendent Michael Harrison announced the initiative.
Reserve officers serve as unpaid volunteers but they are allowed to take lucrative off-duty police security jobs after they volunteer enough time.
The NOPD has lost hundreds of officers since Hurricane Katrina. Residents are upset at an increase in crime and are demanding the police do a better job of patrolling the city.