Exact figures are hard to come by, but according to news articles, in
the past few years there has been an establishment of approximately
1680 police officers of whom approximately 55 per cent are African
Best of New Orleans news article.
06 19 01
?The family of 1,676 NOPD officers is one steeped in history and
tradition. The New Orleans Police Department, founded in 1889 and
dominated for more than century by white males of Italian, Irish and
German descent, in recent years has reached historic hiring levels for
both African Americans and women -- 54 percent and 15 percent,
Additonal background information.
Nola.com news article on the prosed change of residential restrictions on officers.
Thursday, March 10, 2005
Superintendent Eddie Compass stated that the city employed about 1,685
officers. The Black Organization of Police Officers was reported to
state that ?the percentage of black police officers on the force would
slip below its current level of about 55 percent.?
Times-Picayune news article (through Google cache only)
June 26, 2005 Sunday
?In part, that's a reflection of demographics. New Orleans' population
is about two-thirds black, while its suburbs are mostly white, and
some domicile-law advocates said they fear that lifting the rule could
lead to an increase in the percentage of police officers who are
white. Now, about 55 percent of the department's officers are black.?
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