NOPD officers earn millions in supplemental income
NEW ORLEANS –Today, the City of New Orleans released the Office of Police Secondary Employment’s (OPSE) 2016 Annual Report. Since 2013, OPSE has managed and administered New Orleans police officers’ off-duty security work, from which officers earn millions of dollars of supplemental income each year. The release of the annual report represents another fulfillment of the federal consent decree and offers a transparent overview of how the reforms to the police secondary employment system have progressed.
Click here for the Office of Police Secondary Employment’s 2016 Annual Report.
“Since we took office in 2010, I made a commitment to NOPD officers to improve the paid detail system,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “The Office of Police Secondary Employment has transformed the system—centralizing the process and increasing transparency, efficiency, and fairness. The reforms this office has put in place have allowed our NOPD officers to focus their on-duty hours on fighting crime and keeping our city safe, allowed them to earn extra income, and kept additional officers on our streets as they perform their off-duty work.”
Created by Mayor Landrieu in 2012 and mandated by the NOPD’s federal consent decree, OPSE now manages all police secondary employment in the City of New Orleans. From major sporting events to neighborhood patrols to motorcycle escorts, parades and second lines, whenever an NOPD officer provides security services while off duty, OPSE manages it, freeing officers of these administrative burdens so they can concentrate on serving the public.
The 2016 OPSE annual report:
• Highlights OPSE's new program implementation
• Reviews secondary employment milestones
• Details how organization grew in efficiency and resilience
• Offers key performance metrics
• Discusses OPSE’s priorities for the coming years
OPSE achieved significant milestones in 2016, which was OPSE’s biggest year yet. This year, the office took over of all remaining types of secondary employment work, surpassed 2,000 unique customers, and paid more than $20 million to officers since the beginning of operations in 2014.
Deputy Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer Jeff Hebert said, “The work of OPSE Director Lieutenant Colonel John Salomone and his team has helped to advance the city’s public safety efforts by giving the community professional, organized security services. Managing over 790 officers and $10.7 million in 2016 alone, OPSE has given our officers new opportunities to provide great protection for our residents and visitors. We are thankful for the work of OPSE and look forward to continuing to watch this office grow."