Law enforcement agencies throughout the state continue to look to New Orleans for insight into furthering police reform. The NOPD’s Jacob Lundy is now taking the information to them.
In addition to his day job as Program Director of the EPIC program and his work as a policy advisor with the local chapter of Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Jacob Lundy recently took on additional responsibilities at the state level. He’s now a State Policy Advisor for the Louisiana FOP.
Lundy and his fellow members of the FOP legislative committee are responsible for monitoring legislation in Baton Rouge and Washington, DC that affects law enforcement. He says he accepted the additional responsibility because he wants to look out for law enforcement.
“I work on behalf of officers and agencies, and I look out for law enforcement,” said Lundy, “which ultimately means looking out for the community.”
Lundy sees his involvement at the state level as part of a platform for promoting the good work NOPD is already doing and sharing the knowledge NOPD has helps further police reform. Lundy believes that the department’s experience helps the legislature navigate issues like body worn cameras other issues.
Lundy has served in a similar capacity for the local FOP for about a year. He’s only been on the job for the state for a couple of weeks however he’s already drafted his first model policy for Louisiana FOP. He just finished the first draft of a policy involving the use of Naloxone by law enforcement personnel. Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is an opiate antidote used to combat overdoses of substances such as heroin, morphine, or oxycodone.
His draft policy will be sent to medical experts including ER doctors and EMS as well as the FOP Board and legal team for review. Once approved, the FOP will house the policy and other agencies will have a body of work – or a starting point – to reference.
“Things are moving fast in law enforcement practices and policies so the more people who are involved the better. Other agencies can access the policies and best practices and it adds to the body of knowledge about a particular topic. They can approach it as ‘This is something we might think about before we say yes or no to something’,” said Lundy. “It’s always helpful to have an extra set of eyes.”