City makes exception to decree

  // Friday, 22 August 2014 18:11 //

City Hall has carved out an exception within the federal consent decree that will allow SMG, the company that operates the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and Smoothie King Center, to manage and pay New Orleans Police Department officers to work paid details at those facilities, rather than having them managed by a city office.

The agreement, approved unanimously by the City Council on Thursday, is a rare amendment to the court-approved consent decree, which sets strict rules for how the department’s paid detail system can operate.

Before the implementation of the consent decree, SMG routinely used NOPD officers to work off-duty details paid for by the company.

Such details — in which uniformed officers work countless hours at festivals, schools, weddings and other venues — have long helped to supplement NOPD salaries. But in a 2011 report that guided the writing of the consent decree, the U.S. Department of Justice called the detail system an “aorta of corruption” in the department, pointing out the pitfalls of having allowed the officers to run the system and assign details as they saw fit.

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