The City of New Orleans and New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) announced today (Jan. 14) that enrollment has opened for Police Community Advisory Board membership. Open enrollment officially began on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021 for PCAB Advisory Groups city-wide.
These community boards are responsible for vetting community ideas/suggestions, working with NOPD to understand operations, processes and challenges, and building consensus on priority items important to the community before submitting recommendations to NOPD for consideration. PCABs also for help NOPD in recruitment efforts.
The Advisory Group is a district-based participation structure with one PCAB for each NOPD District for a total of eight across the city. Members serve a 24-month term, and the boards meet quarterly to achieve the following goals:
- Maintain a consistent partnership between the community and law enforcement;
- Serve to help reduce crime and enhance the quality of life for all citizens;
- Establish goals that can be accomplished through positive and open communications;
- Assist law enforcement in helping to maintain police standard for accountability;
- Create processes to help address issues of bias-based policing;
- Improve interaction between police and citizens through education and training; and
- Strengthen and ensure the application of equal protection under the law for all citizens.
Membership is open to all New Orleans residents who are 18 years or older and interested in serving as a volunteer leader in their respective police district.
For more information or to apply, please visit us at www.nola.gov/neo/pcab.