Landrieu moves forward with overhaul of NOPD paid detail system

Updated: May. 31, 2012 at 5:00 PM CDT
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New Orleans, La. – In efforts to reform the NOPD, Mayor Landrieu announces the creation of the Office of Police Secondary Employment to be run by retired Army Lieutenant Colonel John Salomone.

Salomone, who has 21 years of military service and who never served as a police officer, will report to Deputy Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer Andy Kopplin.

Landrieu first announced that the city would move forward with the independent office last week in his 2012 State of the City Address.

"We have not waited on the consent decree to reform the NOPD," said Mayor Landrieu.  "I have confidence that Lieutenant Colonel Salomone will be able to set up a new, independent organization that better manages secondary employments for police officers.  This will be a complete overhaul of the old paid detail system."

City officials say creating this independent office is a significant departure from current practice that will lead to the wholesale remaking of the paid detail system. Many police departments have a centralized office to manage details, but a new office that will coordinate all details and report to leadership outside of the police department takes it a step further.

Other elements of the consent decree that will govern this new office and secondary employment will be announced in the coming months.