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One Day Before Graduation, NOPD Officers Join Recruits in 'Unity Run'

by Ambria Washington

October 27, 2016

Categories: On the Beat, Videos

The NOPD started a new tradition this morning (Oct. 27) that brought veteran officers and police recruits together with the department's first-ever unity run.

Officers of every rank from across the department, including Deputy Chief Paul Noel, joined recruits from the two classes currently in training for a one mile run down Lakeshore Drive near the NOPD Training Academy.

Noel said the teambuilding event is an important show of support to the newest members of the NOPD family.

"This symbolizes us passing the torch to them," said Noel. "They are truly joining the New Orleans Police Department as police officers and they are now a part of our team."

Recruit Alois Warren, who is graduating from the Training Academy tomorrow (Oct. 28), said the run created a strong bond.

"We felt the cohesion...everybody sticking together," he said. "We started together and we ended together, and it was really great."

Fellow recruit Rachel Harris enjoyed the camaraderie. 

"Everyone behind us that's been on the job for years had our backs, she said. “We led the way. We're the new generation coming in."

The Training Academy plans to hold the run at the end of every Academy class in the future.

More than 30 recruits in Class #176 will receive their diplomas in a ceremony happening at Landry-Walker College and Career Preparatory High School. It is the tenth class to graduate from the NOPD Training Academy since 2010.

Training is already underway for Class #177, which is expected to graduate later this year. Class #178 will launch on October 31.

The 2016 budget funds the hiring of 150 new officers this year.