Last Thursday (Feb. 2), NOPD Supt. Michelle Woodfork released her strategic plan to combat crime in New Orleans.

Interim NOPD Supt. Woodfork

Whether Supt. Woodfork will have enough time to implement her plan is questionable. Mayor LaToya Cantrell named Woodfork interim police superintendent late last year following the retirement of Shaun. Meanwhile, the New Orleans City Council and others continue to call for a national search for a permanent chief. And on Jan. 20 , the City announced that the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has been selected to lead and conduct the 17-week nationwide search for the next Superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD).

Meanwhile, Woodfork’s plan centers around three specific goals, each goal containing multiple aspects. These include:

Improving public safety through meaningful partnerships and efficient use of resources.

  • Leveraging relationships wtih local, state and Federal partners
  • Collaborating with community organizations, faith-based leaders, elected officials and other stakeholders, public and private alike.

Retaining, recruiting and creating a positive work environment.

  • Making a commitment to and supporting our current and future employees.
  • Improving facilities, equipment and workspace.

Creating an evolution of systems and processes that improve the efficacy of the department.

  • Utilization of technology for innovative solutions
  • Analysis of adminstrative systems to include internal and external communications.

The plan is available to view online at

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