NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The NOPD announced Wednesday that Deputy Superintendent Robert Bardy will retire from the department after 41 years of public service. Bardy was first hired as a police recruit in 1974.
NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison thanked Bardy for his dedication to the department and his leadership of the district commanders in the field.
Prior to serving as Deputy Superintendent of the Field Operations Bureau, Bardy spent nine years as the commander of the Sixth District. He was promoted to the rank of captain in 2002 and has held leadership roles in various areas of the department, including the Seventh District, Mounted Division and K-9 Unit and Narcotics and Intelligence. Bardy holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Loyola University.
Upon his departure, current Second District Commander Paul Noel will be appointed as Deputy Superintendent of the Field Operations Bureau.
Commander Noel has been with the NOPD for 18 years. Noel has most recently served as Commander of the Second District, overseeing police services for the Uptown and Carrollton neighborhoods since January 2012. Under his watch, the Second District has successfully reduced response times through innovative deployment strategies and maintained one of the highest armed robbery clearance rates in the district's history, while working aggressively to decrease the total number of armed robberies overall. Additionally, in 2014, Chief Harrison tapped Noel to lead a special task force to reinvestigate sexual assault cases outlined in a report by the Office of Inspector General and recommend new policies to reform the Special Victims Section. From June 2010 to March 2011, he served as the Commander of the Sex Crimes Division, overseeing a major overhaul of the Division and clearing a significant sexual assault kit backlog. He began with the NOPD in 1997, serving in various capacities and districts.
Prior to joining the NOPD, Noel served as a deputy in the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office and later the Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff's Office. He received a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Loyola University in 2005 and a Master of Criminal Justice from Loyola University in 2009. He is also a 2007 graduate of the FBI National Academy and a frequent guest lecturer at Tulane University and Loyola University New Orleans.