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, promoted to sergeant in 1998, where he served in the Eighth Police District and then in the Public Integrity Bureau until 2006 when he was promoted to lieutenant, but continued to serve there until early 2009. He was also the assistant commander in the Seventh District in 2009. In January, 2011, he was appointed to the position of commander, where he served as commander of the Special Investigations Division; managing the narcotics, vice, criminal intelligence and gang enforcement units of NOPD. In January 2012, he assumed command of the Seventh Police District, overseeing police services for eastern New Orleans.
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 and a Master of Criminal Justice from Loyola University. He is a graduate of Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command, Senior Management Institute for Police, and is currently a student of the FBI's National Executive Institute. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Major City Chiefs Association, Police Executive Research Forum and National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. Harrison, a resident of Algiers, also serves as an elder at City of Love Church in New Orleans.
As superintenent, Harrison continues to lead the NOPD through comprehensive reform while managing the nation's most robust and expansive police consent decree. Under his purview, the NOPD manages security for the nation's largest special events; attracting approximately 11 million visitors annually.