Monthly NOPD meeting outlines Third District commander’s consent decree improvement points
Third District Commander Jeff Walls lists business check-ups, the district’s visibility on Facebook, and directed patrols as the three points for his district to improve on under the NOPD consent decree.
The Third District’s monthly New Orleans Neighbors & Police Anti-Crime Council (NONPACC) discussed details of some crime tends relevant to the district and how the commander’s consent decree improvement points have been followed. The meeting took place in the police station, located on 4600 Paris Avenue on Wednesday, Sept. 6.
Sergeant Sandra Contreras led the meeting going through crime statistics and answering any of the public’s questions during her power point presentation.
Contreras said that the district always does business checks but now that they take account of it, in order to prove they were there. The same goes for directed patrols, Contreras said.
“We’ve always been doing it (directed patrols),” Contreras said. “When we’re not answering a call for service, we’re patrolling.”
She said that under the consent decree, the NOPD is supposed to do more directed patrolling in designated hot zones.
Reid Raymond, commissioner of the Lakeview Crime Prevention District, commented that he loved the directed patrols and business check-ups data keeping. At the end of the meeting he asked for Contreras to share the power point she presented to the public online.
“What I’m mostly proud of in all the persons crimes, detectives, and all is compared to last year we had 51 (armed) robberies this year, year to date, as opposed to 80 from last year,” Sergeant Sandra Contreras said.
Contreras said that’s a substantial decrease in armed robberies. She shared that there is a new detective on shoplifting, a new focus in property crimes for the district. The public at the meeting unanimously agreed that the items being shoplifted from dollar stores was negligible, compared to property crimes like auto burglaries and auto thefts.
Contreras explained that even with auto burglary suspects coming into the area from both the Fifth District and Seventh District, auto burglaries numbered 385 that year to date, compared to 425 last year. She warned of how auto burglaries can lead to guns and spare car keys being stolen out of the same vehicle as well, leading to more property crimes.
Before ending the meeting, Contreras went over how the Third District police are sharing security camera videos on Youtube and more crime and event-related posts through Facebook. As of the NONPACC meeting, the Third District police are up to 83 officers, up from 74 last month.
The next Third District public meeting will be held in the police station Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 1 p.m. for the weekly officer’s meeting on crime tends.