On January 11, 2013, the City of New Orleans, the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) and the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) entered into an Agreement to ensure that the services of the NOPD improve public safety, increase public confidence, and protect the constitutional rights of all citizens. In the Agreement, the NOPD agreed to fundamentally change the way it polices throughout the New Orleans community.
The NOPD Consent Decree is the result of an extensive investigation of the NOPD conducted by the United States Department of Justice. The investigation was conducted with the full cooperation of the City of New Orleans and the NOPD, and the resulting Consent Decree is a product of a cooperative effort by all parties.
The role of the Consent Decree Monitor is to "assess and report whether the requirements of [the Consent Decree] have been implemented, and whether this implementation is resulting in the constitutional and professional treatment of individuals by NOPD." The Consent Decree further provides that the "Monitor shall be subject to the supervision and orders of the Court . . " and that the "Monitor shall only have the duties, responsibilities, and authority conferred by [the Consent Decree]." The Consent Decree makes clear that the "Monitor shall not, and is not intended to, replace or assume the role and duties of the City and NOPD, including the Superintendent."
Reports & Public Meetings
The Office of the Consent Decree Monitor for the NOPD Consent Decree issued its most recent report on February 17, 2021. The Report is available on the U.S. District Court's web site and on the "Reports" section of this web site. Consistent with Paragraph 461 of the Consent Decree, the Monitoring Team will meet "with community stakeholders to explain the Monitor's reports, to inform the public about the Agreement implementation process, and to hear community perspectives of police interactions."
The next public hearing will be held Wednesday, October 19, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. in Judge Morgan's Courtroom at the U.S. District Court.
The approved NOPD Policies can be found on their website at: NOPD - Policies - City of New Orleans (nola.gov)