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NOPD officers win panel ruling

  // Friday, 15 August 2014 23:02 //

Seven out-of-favor New Orleans police captains and one major, relegated for years to a FEMA trailer in City Park where they pass the time reviewing paperwork and doing other menial chores, won a ruling Friday from the city’s Civil Service Commission that essentially requires department brass to either return them to their former duties or demote them.

The group, dubbed the Administrative Support Unit by Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas, took to calling itself the NOPD’s “trailer trash” and threw itself into challenging Serpas’ efforts to reorganize the department with a new structure that they said was an end-run around the civil service system.

In large part, the new structure involved the promotion of a number of officers to the new position of “police commander,” a title that did not equate to a particular rank in the civil service system.

While the new commanders took over the high-profile jobs of managing the eight police districts, the captains in the Administrative Support Unit were assigned to much less glamorous work: investigating officers accused of lying, failing to show up in court or other low-level offenses.

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