New Orleans Police Chief Ronal Serpas is so pleased with the department's Friday morning COMSTAT crime-statistic review meetings that he's making them a twice-a-week affair. However, the new Tuesday COMSTAT meetings, unlike the Friday meetings, are cops-only affairs. "Because of highly sensitive information that will be disclosed, these Tuesday COMSTAT meetings will not be open to the public," the NOPD said in a press release.
The "Crime Intelligence Briefings" will highlight what the chief calls "the worst of the worst" criminals in the city, as well as the progress made by NOPD officers in apprehending them. The new COMSTAT meetings will be led by Deputy Chief Kirk Bouyelas. The first meeting is Aug. 16. — Kevin Allman