“This faith-based community coalition will serve as a uniting force and catalyst to rebuild faith, restore citizen trust and enhance quality of life services in the NOPD,” said Mayor Landrieu. “We need all hands on deck to address the unacceptable and unnatural cycle of death and violence on the streets of New Orleans. This coalition will help us organize in that direction.”
This new police department initiative aims to foster a cohesive partnership within the community and will be led by NOPD Community Coordinator Captain J.P. Bryson and NOPD Faith-based Coordinator J.C. Dyson.
“Community policing is a vital strategy in our goal to significantly reduce violent crime,” said NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas. “We have all seen the power of community support and participation in the criminal justice system. This coalition will serve as an integral resource clearinghouse for community policing, crime prevention, problem-solving and collaboration strategies.”
The objective of the CCCC is to create lasting partnerships between district police officers and faith-based institutions, churches, pastors, neighborhood and community organizations, and the business community. These partnerships will help develop the relationships key in maintaining true community policing and will be integral in restoring community trust.
CCCC members hope to establish their places of worship as safe havens to report crime in partnership with Crimestoppers. These faith-based institutions will also invite police officers to meet church members and will encourage citizens to attend NOPD’s district-based COMSTAT accountability meetings.
Neighborhood and community leaders will also build on existing relationships to improve events such as the annual Night Out Against Crime, Cops for Kids summer camp, and various Neighborhood Watch programs.
Mayor Landrieu has made reducing crime his top priority since taking office in May. On his second day in office, Mayor Landrieu invited the US Department of Justice to partner with him in reforming the NOPD’s patterns and practices. Shortly thereafter, following a national search, Landrieu hired Ronal Serpas to lead the NOPD as Superintendent. The Justice Department is now on the ground in New Orleans, bringing important new resources to the NOPD. Chief Serpas has reorganized the NOPD’s top-heavy structure, installed civilian experts to vital leadership positions, launched Project Safe Neighborhoods with other criminal justice agencies to combat illegal guns, opened COMSTAT accountability meetings to the public, and released a detailed plan for restoring public trust in the NOPD. Mayor Landrieu and Chief Serpas also regularly walk the city’s neighborhoods with NOPD officers.
The launch of the CCCC comes days after the NOPD apprehended two suspects in the murder of 2-year-old Jeremy Galmon following an outpouring of community support and tips.
“We know that we can only do this with community support,” closed Mayor Landrieu.
(Office of the Mayor Press release)