New Orleans Losing Cops Faster Than It Can Replace Them

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The bad news just keeps on coming for the embattled New Orleans Police Department as it undergoes implementation of a federally mandated consent decree and grapples with higher rates of violent crime and what city and NOPD leaders describe as a severe manpower shortage.

The latest numbers available show that the embattled police department has lost two and a half times the number of officers it has been able to recruit thus far this year, WWL-TV reported recently.

The number of NOPD officers has reportedly dropped to a new low with 1,139 officers currently on the force, including 27 recruits going through a nine-month academy class.

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