The New Orleans Police Department is divided into five bureaus, the Office of the Superintendent, Field Operations Bureau, Investigation and Support, Management Services Bureau and Public Integrity Bureau.
Download a full NOPD Bureau Organizational Chart here.
Office of the Superintendent
The Office of the Superintendent oversees the following divisions:
Public Affairs Division - responsible for acting as the official spokesperson for all release of information to the news media along with informing the public through the news media of current police operations and services
Office of Compliance - evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of the NOPD operations by ensuring members of the department are operating in compliance with department's goals, rules, regulations, orders, and policies
Office of Technology - analyzes crime patterns, coordinates the installation and support of portable laptop computers installed in police vehicles, and is responsible for data entry of all reports written by law enforcement agencies in Orleans Parish
Read more about the Office of the Superintendent here.
Field Operations Bureau
The Field Operations Bureau conducts all criminal investigations, protects life and property, prepares incident reports, handles traffic assignments, provides proactive patrols and special assignments. It is made up of the following two divisions:
Communications Division - provides citizens with 24 hour access to the Police Department by answering calls for service, including 911 calls, and dispatching field units via radio and mobile digital computers.
Special Operations Division - composed of specialized units including the Violent Offender Warrant Squad, Tactical Platoons 1&2, the Bomb Disposal Unit, Armory Unit, Search and Rescue/Marine Unit, Extradition Unit, K-9 Unit, Traffic Fatality Unit, and DWI Unit.
Read more about the Field Operations Bureau here.
Investigation and Support Bureau
The Investigation and Support Bureau is responsible for the follow-up investigation of crimes committed against persons or property in the City of New Orleans, which require a degree of specialization or a centralized investigative approach. It is made up of the following three divisions:
Criminal Investigative Division - comprised of all of the centralized detectives in the New Orleans Police Department, and is divided into five sections: the Homicide Section, Special Victims Section, Property Crimes Section, Juvenile Section and District Attorney’s Office Section.
Specialized Investigations Division - employs a multifaceted approach aimed at identifying repeat violent offenders and ultimately building cases viable for prosecution and long term incarceration of violent offenders to reduce violent offenses in the City of New Orleans.
Crime Lab & Evidence Division - responsible for the collection, processing, testing, storage, and disposition of all evidence and property received by NOPD. The Division is divided into two sections: Crime Lab and Central Evidence and Property (CE&P).
Read more about the Investigation and Support Bureau here.
Management Services Bureau
The Management Services Bureau (MSB) is primarily responsible for providing administrative and support services for NOPD, ranging from budget preparation to the preservation and dissemination of criminal records, human resources, recruitment, education and training, grants management, and facility and fleet support services. The MSB is made up of the following divisions
Recruitment and Applicant Investigation Division - performs background checks, computerized stress analysis on all applicants for the position of police recruit
Records and Identification Bureau - is responsible for the tracking and maintenance of document files for police incidents, including crime and accident reports, arrest records, criminal histories, fingerprint files, and municipal and traffic affidavits. Additionally, this section processes incoming requests and subpoenas received from outside agencies pertaining to any records stored by the police department. The Records and Identification Bureau includes
Public Records Section is responsible for the collection, storage and retrieval of documents generated by all law enforcement agencies that utilize New Orleans Police item numbers.
Criminal Records Section provides timely and professional support to NOPD and outside law enforcement agencies regarding criminal record inquiries, including fingerprint files and photographs.
which deals with all questions and issues concerning criminal records
Special Officers Section - issues and monitors Special Officer permits after ensuring private sector security employees have met State and City requirements
Read more about the Management Services Bureau here.
Public Integrity Bureau
The Public Integrity Bureau (PIB) promotes the credibility of, and public confidence in, New Orleans Police Officers by adopting preventive and pro-active measures to enforce the highest standards of professional police performance.
Read more about the Public Integrity Bureau here.