Words From The Triumvirate
So, what do you glean from this?
The Police Department – Gambit Weekly interviews Police Chief Riley
GW: What is your plan to lead New Orleans out of the current crime wave, and how will you make the city safer in 2007?
RILEY: We have reformatted the New Orleans Police Department in the aftermath of Katrina. We have put some very serious plans in place that unfortunately have been diminished because of our attrition rate. Today our department has 1,401 officers, which includes 41 recruits. We have 107 officers that are out sick. We’re operating a department with about 1,200-and-something officers. And that has hurt us.
The DA’s Office – WWLTV.com: Algiers community outraged over dropped robbery case
Tuesday, prosecutors dropped the case [and set the defendant free], because they said they could not find their key witness: A New Orleans Police detective who was the lead investigator on the case and has since retired … after about an hour of searching, Eyewitness News located former officer Ed Dieringer at his home in New Orleans. It was the same house he’d lived in before he resigned in September and the same home where he has received subpoenas for court cases in the past.
“We check ourselves against everybody around the country, to make sure we’re using the most state-of-the-art techniques that are out there. The crime element is very sophisticated in some respects. So, we have to adjust accordingly.”