NEW ORLEANS, LA—Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced the City is moving forward with a phased implementation of a new police paid detail system from the Office of Police Secondary Employment (OPSE). The administration introduced two ordinances to the City Council that allow for the new system to begin. The first ordinance establishes an enterprise fund into which all police secondary employment revenues will flow, and out of which all costs associated with the program will be drawn. The second ordinance establishes the pay scales for officers and rates for customers for certain types of detail work.
“When I came into office in 2010, we made it clear the flawed paid detail system was failing both the NOPD, and more importantly, our citizens,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. We have been working with NOPD officers, businesses, schools, neighborhood organizations, among others, to make sure we get it right. The new plan represents the start of a centralized system that has strong oversight yet still serves customers effectively.”
“All officers who would like extra work to earn some extra money for their families will have an equal chance at getting those opportunities once the new detail system is in place,” said NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas. “We're striving for a transparent and fair system.”
The ordinances are expected to be voted on at the April 4th council meeting. The proposed enterprise fund would be separate from the City’s general fund, and would not affect the current City budget. The proposed customer fee and officer pay schedule will be monitored and evaluated during the beginning phase of implementation.
Currently, OPSE has four employees on staff, including Lt. Col. John Salomone who is the OPSE Director. Additional hires will be made as operational requirements necessitate additional staff.
Mayor Landrieu created OPSE in May 2012 as the first step in a wholesale remaking of the paid detail system. Since then, OPSE has worked with NOPD leadership, NOPD officers, City Council, police organizations, local good-government organizations, the Inspector General, customers and stakeholders from across the city to create what is a model for paid detail systems. Many police departments have a centralized office to manage details, but a new office that coordinates all details and report to leadership outside of the police department takes it a step further.