Mayor Cantrell swears in police chief

Mayor Cantrell swears in police chief
Mayor Cantrell swears in NOPD Police Chief Michael Harrison. Source: NOPD

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Mayor LaToya Cantrell swore in Chief Michael Harrison as Superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department  Tuesday.

Chief Harrison is tasked with leading NOPD, managing the nation's most robust and expansive police consent decree and keeping our city safe.

"I am challenging Chief Harrison to deliver the real results and the public safety the people of New Orleans deserve and demand. We have a heavy task ahead of us, and I am expecting him to rise to the challenge," said Mayor LaToya Cantrell. "I am looking forward to supporting and working with him as Superintendent of Police for the Cantrell administration."

Chief Michael Harrison joined the New Orleans Police Department in 1991. He quickly advanced through the ranks of the department, becoming a detective in the Major Case Narcotics Section in 1995, promoted to sergeant in 1998, where he served in the Eighth Police District and then in the Public Integrity Bureau until 2006 when he was promoted to lieutenant, but continued to serve there until early 2009.

In January, 2011, he was appointed to the position of commander, where he served as commander of the Special Investigations Division; managing the narcotics, vice, criminal intelligence and gang enforcement units of NOPD. In January 2012, he assumed command of the Seventh Police District, overseeing police services for eastern New Orleans. In October 2014, he was appointed as the NOPD Chief by Former Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

"I am honored to be tapped by Mayor Cantrell to continue serving the people of New Orleans and the men and women of NOPD," said Harrison. "As Superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department, I look forward to working closely with Mayor Cantrell to execute her vision of even greater public safety of neighborhood and community policing that gets us close to our best ally in fighting crime – the people."

Prior to joining the NOPD, Harrison served eight years with the Louisiana Air National Guard. He received a Bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Criminal Justice from Loyola University. He is a graduate of the School of Police Staff and Command, Senior Management Institute for Police, and the FBI's National Executive Institute.

He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Major City Chiefs Association, Police Executive Research Forum and National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. He has recently been selected as a member of the Executive Leadership Group for the 2018 Public Safety Summit at Harvard. Harrison, a resident of Algiers, is married to C.C. Harrison, has two children, Michael and Tayler, and also serves as an elder at City of Love Church in New Orleans.

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