Michael Glasser, president of the Police Association of New Orleans (PANO), announced on April 17 that his group would not boycott security details at this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. As previously reported, the group had discussed a boycott of off-duty paid security details during major events as a protest of Mayor Mitch Landrieu's proposed overhaul of the detail system.
"The idea has merit and may yet be one which the rank and file may choose to pursue," Glasser said in a written statement. "However, the recent terrorist attack in Boston underscores the vulnerability we have as Americans, and especially in places of major public events attended by large crowds. Nowhere is this more common and more prevalent than in New Orleans."
The City Council's Budget/Audit/Board of Review Committee has scheduled an April 25 hearing on two ordinances that would set in place the funding mechanism for the newly created police detail oversight organization, the Office of Police Secondary Employment (OPSE), which will be a City Hall office. Under the plan, off-duty detail management will be taken out of NOPD and centralized at OPSE.
PANO and the Fraternal Order of Police both object to a proposed $5 per-officer-per-hour administrative fee included in the ordinances. Both groups also have argued that if the city takes the reins on details, it should pay overtime and benefits for detail hours. — Charles Maldonado