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New Orlean's Police Superintendent Has His Say

Magazine article Ebony

New Orlean's Police Superintendent Has His Say

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He took control of a decimated police department shortly after Hurricane Katrina. Since then, NEW ORLEANS POLICE SUPERINTENDENT WARREN J. RILEY not only led his officers through the storm, but he has also regained control of the city and has made positive plans for the future. Although he says he has gotten very little sleep since Katrina, and had taken very few days off, he sat down with EBONY magazine for an exclusive interview, where he talked about everything from the need for National Guard troops to the unfairness of the national media.

How has the New Orleans Police Department been affected by Hurricane Katrina?

Internally, with the aftermath of Katrina, we've had to deal with some of the most unique circumstances in the history of law enforcement. Our numbers right now are down. We've had issues to deal with like abandonment, where we fired some 84 police officers who were not here for the storm. We had two police officers who committed suicide. We have 300 police officers still living in hotel rooms. Over 800 of our officers lost their homes, completely wiped out by the storm. Not only their homes but all of their possessions. And some of those officers have not come back to the city. The state of the police department is relatively good, considering what we've been through. I'm the superintendent of police, and I'm in a trailer. Our headquarters received 11 feet of water ... No power for months. Three district stations flooded. We lost 298 cars, and have replaced about 90 percent of those ... What people around the country can't imagine is that this city was almost completely wiped out by the storm, and the devastation is far more than anyone can imagine. More than 80 percent of the city was covered by water. And it was here for 21 days. We were reduced to a third-world country for a significant period of time ... …

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