Mayor Cantrell cancels Singapore trip to focus on NOPD manpower, morale issues

Published: Jul. 29, 2022 at 10:26 AM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell has canceled an upcoming trip to Singapore as her recent overseas travel has drawn ire from her constituents and the city council.

Mayor Cantrell said on WBOK radio Friday morning, just one day after reporters were barred from asking her questions about her travel spending at a press event, that she will be staying in the city to deal with morale and manpower among the New Orleans Police Department.

Cantrell was expected to depart for Singapore Friday morning and attend a climate change summit. The trip would have been her third overseas in a little over a month.

The decision comes as councilmembers proposed an ordinance to limit elected officials’ travel spending for “non-essential trips.”

While speaking to Councilman Oliver Thomas on the radio, Cantrell expressed concern over “continuing separations” from the police department. One of the more recent departures, last Friday, included an officer quitting mid-shift after realizing he had little or no backup in the French Quarter.

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“Mayor Cantrell has decided to forgo the climate change meetings at the World Cities Summit, and instead embed herself with the NOPD so she can witness firsthand what our officers need in order to increase public safety,” said Gregory Joseph, the mayor’s Director of Communications.

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