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Mayor Landrieu & Chief Harrison Applaud Passage of NOPD Pay Plan

by Michael Tidwell

October 26, 2017

Categories: Announcement

Topics: Districts

Mayor Landrieu & Chief Harrison Applaud Passage of NOPD Pay Plan

The New Orleans City Council today voted unanimously to approve a new pay plan and job classification structure. The new plan is designed to increase the number of officers on the street by addressing long-standing retention issues and incentivizing long-term careers on the force. Today’s approval clears the way for implementation of the new structure, which will offer more competitive salaries across the board and greater opportunities for advancement.

“I’m pleased to see that the plan to provide our brave men and women in uniform with the support they deserve was approved today,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “We worked hard to turn around City finances, and this new pay plan will allow us to retain our experienced NOPD officers—ensuring we can continue to make every neighborhood in New Orleans safe.”

“On behalf of the men and women of the NOPD: I am grateful to the City Council for their vote, and for the show of support for our officers,” said Chief Michael S. Harrison. “With the support of our Mayor, and now with the approval of both the Civil Service Commission and the City Council, this new pay plan is finally ready to proceed. It’s going to make a big difference for our officers, for their morale, and for our retention rates.”

The new pay plan is part of Mayor Landrieu’s broader efforts to strengthen the NOPD and increase the number of officers protecting neighborhoods. Since 2010, the NOPD has received a 15-percent across the board pay raise; an additional 5-percent pay raise for homicide detectives; and has launched 13 new recruit classes adding nearly 400 new officers to the force. The four key elements of this proposed pay and job classification plan are as follows:

1) Providing more competitive salaries across the board, to bring compensation for front-line supervisors in line with Southern regional averages. We are adjusting pay for entry-level officers by 10%; seasoned officers in the ranks of sergeant and lieutenant will see still larger raises

2) Creating a new career path specifically for Detectives, ensuring that they receive better compensation, and helping NOPD retain seasoned officers with a vital skill set as we work to further improve our clearance and solve rates.

3) Providing more opportunity for advancement for our patrol officers. By eliminating duplicative job descriptions, the plan allows motivated officers to rise more quickly through our ranks--- removing current administrative barriers to higher levels of compensation.

4) Addressing long-standing “compression” problems within the existing pay structure, by rationalizing pay differentials between senior ranks, and incentivizing long-term career investment by veteran officers.

Donovan A. Livaccari, spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police Crescent City Lodge, said: “We are pleased that the City Council ​voted unanimously in favor of this new pay plan. Now, we can focus on the other aspects of being a police officer that lessen retention problems and increase recruitment.”

The new pay plan is expected to go into effect in January of 2018.