NOPD’s first black police officer, Yvonne Bechet, dies

NOPD’s first black police officer, Yvonne Bechet, dies
Bechet worked with the department for 22 years. (Source: NOPD)

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - The New Orleans Police Department announced the death of Yvonne Bechet, their first black female officer on Sunday night.

Bechet worked with the department for 22 years.

“Thank you for paving the way for many of our officers. Your legacy will never be forgotten,” NOPD stated in the post.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued a statement Monday:

“Yvonne Bechet, the pioneering NOPD officer who became the first woman to serve as Deputy Superintendent of the NOPD, passed yesterday. She was among the first courageous advocates for reform of the NOPD, long before most ‘got religion.’ She didn’t just talk the talk, she walked the lonely and often dangerous walk. May she rest in God’s perfect peace.”

Rep. Cedric Richmond also released a statement:

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