FOPNO Urges Passage of Police and Fire Millage Proposal
The New Orleans chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police is urging its members and the citizens of New Orleans to vote in favor of the Police and Fire Millage Proposal which will appear on the ballot on Saturday, April 9, 2016.
Our dedicated police officers, when responding to calls of crimes in progress and when stopping dangerous felons on our streets, deserve to know that backup officers are available if needed.
In 2010, faced with a budget crisis, the administration of the City of New Orleans had to make some hard choices. Some of those choices resulted in our Police Department becoming severely understaffed. We now have an opportunity to assure that the New Orleans Police Department has the tools to recruit the law enforcement professionals we desperately need in order to become properly sized and equipped to adequately protect our city.
The New Orleans Police Department has been working hard to recruit career law enforcement officers to serve and protect the people who live in or visit our city. It is crucial that we are able to provide top notch law enforcement services to our city, which is home to more than 300,000 people, the hub of a metropolitan area of more than 1,000,000 people and a major tourist destination. It is also crucial that our current law enforcement professionals feel that they will have the backup they need day-in and day-out while performing a very dangerous job.
The men and women of the New Orleans Police Department have been working tirelessly for you. On Saturday, April 9th, you will have the opportunity to tell those officers that you appreciate their hard work and that you are committed to making the New Orleans Police Department one of the premier law enforcement agencies in the nation.
The Crescent City Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police urges our members, their friends and families, and all of our fellow New Orleanians, to vote in favor of the Police and Fire Millage proposal on April 9, 2016. Please help us help ourselves and you.
The Fraternal Order of Police is the world’s largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, with more than 330,000 members in more than 2,200 lodges. In Louisiana, there are over 6,000 members of the Fraternal Order of Police and in New Orleans, the Crescent City Lodge has more than 2,000 members, including 90% of the active law enforcement officers employed by the New Orleans Police Department. We are the voice of those who dedicate their lives to protecting and serving our communities. We are committed to improving the working conditions of law enforcement officers and the safety of those we serve through education, legislation, information, community involvement, and employee representation. No one knows the dangers and the difficulties faced by today’s police officers better than another officer, and no one knows police officers better than the FOP.
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