NEW ORLEANS - On March 12-13, 2018, New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) Commanders received training from national experts on a variety of topics, including interrogation practices and eyewitness identification. This training emerged from a partnership between NOPD, Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO) and City Council President Jason Williams.
This symposium brings together nationally recognized law enforcement experts for a first-of-it's kind training on how to understand, encourage and support excellence in investigative work. The training is for high level-command staff and investigation leaders and addresses best investigation practices to avoid cases going unsolved or inaccurate arrests and convictions.
By examining unsolved crimes and wrongful convictions, the training will help commanders and leaders support a broad, thorough approach to investigation that maximizes the chance of solving the crime and minimizes failures. This two-day training will build a more effective and strategic police department. The faculty that was assembled to lead the trainings was uniquely qualified to train every level of leadership on what an effective investigation looks like and how to be a model for high quality, careful work versus an often-ineffective numbers game.
Councilmember Jason Williams says, "Thank you to Superintendent Harrison and everyone who participated in this symposium. The NOPD leadership's voluntary participation this training is incredibly important and appreciated. City Hall is asking every agency in the Criminal Justice System right now to evaluate their policies and practices and ask, 'Are we getting the results we want?' The NOPD over and over again accepts the challenge to improve and puts in the work required for better outcomes. With these trainings, NOPD can be a national and state-wide model for how to think critically and broadly to solve cases of violent crime, tools our city desperately needs."
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