The New Orleans Police Department has been on the cutting edge of the body worn camera movement in law enforcement. As such, the policies that were developed here in New Orleans were not based on the myriad of experiences of other departments around the country. On the contrary, the NOPD’s policies were looked at and adopted by other departments which were new to the BWC game. There was a national FOP BWC Committee whose goal was to develop a model “best practice” policy, and the resultant policy closely resembled the policy of the New Orleans Police Department.
Whenever we hear about a police officer killed in the line of duty, there is a shudder that runs through the law abiding community. When the officer is someone you know, the impact is much more personal. Today, we learned that New Orleans Police Department Officer Daryle Holloway had been shot and killed while most folks in New Orleans were still shaking the cobwebs loose after a night’s rest. Officer Holloway was a well-respected, veteran member of the New Orleans Police Department. He was also a father.
Communication is essential to the success of any organization. We live in an era where we are surrounded by methods of communication — computers, smart phones, watches, etc. The Crescent City Lodge tries to make the best use of these tools. This article is intended to try to summarize those communication efforts so you can get the most out of your FOP membership.