Superintendent of Police
Michael S. Harrison was appointed Superintendent of Police, New Orleans Police Department (NOPD), on October 14, 2014, by Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu.
Michael Harrison joined the New Orleans Police Department in 1991. He quickly advanced through the ranks of the department, becoming a detective in the Major Case Narcotics Section in 1995, Sergeant in the Eighth Police District in 1999, Supervisor in the NOPD Public Integrity Bureau in 2000 and Seventh District Assistant Commander in 2009. From January 2011 to 2012, he served as Commander of the Special Investigations Division in which he managed the narcotics, vice, criminal intelligence and gang enforcement units of NOPD. With nearly 23 years of service, Harrison most recently served as Commander of Seventh District, overseeing police services for eastern New Orleans since January 2012.
Under his watch, the Seventh District experienced crime reductions in 2012 and 2013. He helped craft and testified in favor of legislation to enable better enforcement of prostitution and solicitation, which was a major problem in the district.
Prior to joining the NOPD, Harrison served eight years with the Louisiana Air National Guard. He received a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Phoenix in 2006, a Master of Criminal Justice from Loyola University in 2008 and is a graduate of Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and an instructor in the Leadership in Police Organizations program. Superintendent Harrison is a member of the Police Executive Research Forum and a recent graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police. Harrison, a resident of Algiers, also serves as an ordained minister and overseer of ministry operations at City of Love Church in New Orleans. He also has been an instructor at the University of Phoenix, New Orleans campus since 2011.