Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A multimedia tour of your new Seventh District police station

Posted By on Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 4:48 PM

City officials cut the ribbon on the new $6.2 million, three-story, state-of-the-art, gym-equipped, fully digital, blue Seventh District police station, on the site of the one destroyed in August 2005.

Here it is.
  • Here it is.

"They have waited a long time, over six years to be exact," said recently appointed 7th District Commander Michael Harrison of the 98-person staff at the 7th District. "This represents the transformation and revitalization that's taken place in Eastern New Orleans."

Also, during the ceremony prior to the ribbon-cutting, New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Ronal Serpas also announced the creation of Police Community Advisory Boards for each of the department's eight districts. The boards, made up of seven to nine residents, will ... as follows from the press release:

• Maintain a consistent partnership between the community and law enforcement;
• Serve to help reduce crime and enhance the quality of life for all citizens;
• Help community groups share responsibility for police accountability and the commitment to serve
• Create processes to help address issues of bias-based policing;
• Improve interaction between police and citizens through education and training;
• Assist law enforcement in helping to maintain police standards for accountability; and
• Strengthen and ensure the application of equal protection under the law for all persons.

Or MSHCIAS for short.

"We have to police New Orleans the way New Orleans comes to us," Serpas said. "If this neighborhood at that corner needs speeding enforcement, that's what they get. If this neighborhood at that corner needs drug enforcement, that's what they get."

(Continue for video of ribbon-cutting and photo tour of the station. Keep in mind it's a new police station. That context might make the photos seem more interesting than they actually are.)

The ribbon-cutting:


Plaque.jpg

*Project was initiated during the Nagin Administration


It smells good, said Councilman Jon Johnson, touring the station. It smells new.
  • "It smells good," said Councilman Jon Johnson, touring the station. "It smells new."


Ladies locker room
  • Ladies locker room


More ladies locker room. We did not tour the mens room. However, we were told it is similar looking but larger.
  • More ladies' locker room. We did not tour the men's room. We were told it is similar looking but larger.


This is where our detectives work, Harrison said. There were in trailers up until Monday. The district has 4 detective for crimes against person, 5 for property crimes and two investigative supervisors.
  • "This is where our detectives work," Harrison said. "There were in trailers up until Monday." In the background are the interrogation rooms. The district has four detective for crimes against persons, five for property crimes and two investigative supervisors. Across the hall is a very similar looking room for narcotics officers, of which there are six plus a sergeant.


Commander Harris nicely appointed office. His brother is placing his nameplate on the desk.
  • Commander Harris' nicely appointed office. His brother is placing his nameplate on the desk.

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