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The Listening Post Asks: What Strategies Should Community Policing Include?

A poster in offices of the NOPD's 1st District Headquaters.
Thomas Walsh
The Listening Post
A poster in offices of the NOPD's 1st District Headquaters.

A member of the New Orleans community recently told us about a time she tried to be a good samaritan and wound up arrested by NOPD. This inspired The Listening Post to look at community policing in New Orleans. We asked:

1) What strategies do you think community policing should include?

2) If you could sit down for coffee with the police, what would you ask?

3) What could the NOPD specifically do to imporve its relationship with your community?

Visit to see a complete list of the results. Here's some of our favorites:

1) Community members should have a chance to approach officers instead of officers taking proactive role- they need to be on the receiving end. Having them coming into the neighborhood never feels right- let us go to their houses

2) When a cop faces charges for shooting someone do you think "I felt my life to be in danger" is in and of itself an adequate defense?

3) Other than be more visible, I don’t know. I’ve lived in this neighborhood 15 years and I think NOPD has done a good job with dealing with some of the issues we’ve had in this neighborhood over the years

The Listening Post project seeks to establish a two-way conversation with the citizens of New Orleans. Participants can both contribute thoughts and commentary about important issues in their neighborhoods, and also receive news and information important to local communities. Join the conversation by calling or texting "Hello" to (504) 303-4348.

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Thomas Walsh is an independent radio producer and audio engineer who lives in New Orleans. You'll see him around town recording music, podcasts, short films, live events and radio features. He's practically glued to his headphones. A movie geek to his core, he's seen every film listed on the American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Movies and would love to talk to you about them.

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