New NOPD police chief sworn in at Gallier Hall

New NOPD police chief sworn in at Gallier Hall
Mayor LaToya Cantrell swears Shaun Ferguson in as the city's new police chief. (Source: City of New Orleans)

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The City of New Orleans has a new top officer.

New Orleans Police Department Commander Shaun Ferguson was sworn in to replace Chief Michael Harrison, who has taken a job in Baltimore.

Ferguson was sworn in Friday with a lot of pomp and circumstance. He said he is prepared for the big football weekend in New Orleans and for the overall crime fight.

Ferguson took his oath outside of Gallier Hall. Just before Ferguson was sworn in, Harrison did a final inspection of officers who lined St. Charles Ave.

Ferguson said Harrison was his mentor and he is ready to lead the NOPD and protect the people of New Orleans and visitors as well.

"The first thing we're going to embrace is what we've always done, the community and ask the same of them. My first thing going into the door is to assess things that are going on within the department from a different level now. I was a commander before, now I'm the superintendent,” Ferguson said.

Harrison thanked the city and Mayor LaToya Cantrell, along with former Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who gave him his first opportunity as chief.

Cantrell said Thursday she, along with Harrison and Ferguson, met with the federal judge overseeing the NOPD consent decree.

Cantrell said they reassured the judge that the department is committed to reaching full compliance under its new leadership.

Ferguson said he knows he is on the big stage now and he views the community as his partner in fighting crime.

Ferguson said Harrison is his mentor and was one of the references he used when joining the NOPD.

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