NEW ORLEANS, LA – Yesterday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas, elected officials, and FEMA marked the opening of the new NOPD Fifth District Police Station at 3900 North Claiborne Avenue. The new $7.2 million NOPD Fifth District Police Station is a 17,600 square foot facility will support hundreds of officers and provide critical support to the St. Claude and Lower Ninth Ward communities. The new facility replaces an 11,200 square foot building that flooded in Hurricane Katrina.
“This new NOPD Fifth District Police Station is an important step forward in our committed effort to make our New Orleans safe,” Mayor Landrieu said. “This state-of-the-art, fully resilient police station provides our officers with the resources they need to provide better police protection to the residents of St. Claude and the Lower Ninth Ward. The new NOPD Fifth District Police Station is another example of how we are building back better than before.”
New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said, “The officers and civilian staff the Fifth District are working hard every day for the people of New Orleans and this new, state-of-the-art police station is indicative of the NOPD that we are building. The Fifth District’s old police station was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina but today, we know we can stand strong no matter the emergency because the new NOPD Fifth District can stand up to the toughest storms. We are committed to keeping New Orleans safe and this new station will help us do that.”
The new NOPD Fifth District Police Station has been designed as a First Responder Station that is capable of withstanding 200 mph force winds and exterior skin and windows capable of withstanding 150 mph winds. Interior spaces feature a Roll Call Room that accommodates nearly 70 officers on a daily basis and can house an additional 60 personnel during First Responder events that may require State Police or National Guard assistance. It also has space assigned to a Detective Investigation Unit, a Narcotics Platoon, and Task Force Units. In addition, the facility has a 20 person conference area and large reception area allowing secure admittance control of civilian personnel. This police station has a new 500kw generator with diesel fuel tank that will keep the building running for 7-days, non-stop, in the event of an emergency situation.
City Council President Stacy Head said, “This wonderful new facility will inspire, unite and embolden the Fifth District police officers to continue to protect and serve the St. Claude, Ninth Ward and Holy Cross communities.”
Councilmember-at-Large Jason Rogers Williams said, “The opening of the new NOPD Fifth District Station is an important addition to the St. Claude and Lower Ninth Ward communities. This is an important step towards improving the moral of our overworked and thinly stretched force. I look forward to the day when each and every district has the facility it deserves.”
District C Councilmember Nadine M. Ramsey said, “NOPD officers assigned to the 5th district now have a permanent state of the art facility and the surrounding neighborhood has a law enforcement presence and community anchor. The reopening of the 5th District signals another step forward in the City's recovery process.”
District D Councilmember Jared C. Brossett said, “The improvements of the Fifth District Police Station’s new facility will no doubt aid and allow our officers to better serve, support, and protect residents during day-to-day operations, as well as in emergency situations. The safety of our city and my constituents will always be a priority for me, and as we celebrate today, I remain focused on working with the Fifth District towards a safer tomorrow for our neighborhoods.”
District E Councilmember James A. Gray II said, “With new cars, new equipment, new technology and a new 5th District Police Station, we are building the finest police force in the country. This is a fitting home for the fine officers we now have, and for the new ones we'll recruit.”
Louisiana State Senator J.P. Morrell said, “This important new NOPD facility will offer a wide range of policing and first responder services to improve the safety and well-being of our city.”
Louisiana State Senator Edwin R. Murray said, “This new state of the art facility will be a permanent home for the NOPD Fifth District and will serve as a public safety cornerstone for the surrounding community.”
FEMA Louisiana Recovery Office Executive Director Mike Womack said, “The new Fifth District Police Station will provide a resilient space for the NOPD and serve as a staging area for critical public safety operations. We are proud to collaborate with our state and local partners on the completion of this facility and offer our continued support of on-going recovery efforts in Louisiana.”
Funding for this project came from FEMA public assistance, insurance, and City bonds. This project was designed by Imre Hegedus and Associated Architects of New Orleans and built by Construction Masters of New Orleans. ADS Systems, Baker Ready Mix, Boines Construction, and Kevin J. Smith Construction served as DBEs on this project.