Thursday afternoon, the New Orleans City Council passed a new program to regulate off-duty jobs, or details, for NOPD officers.
The council began working on the plan in April. The day before members were set to vote on it, the city received a letter from the Department of Justice expressing its concern with a couple proposed amendments to the plan.
Thursday, council members removed the two provisions and passed the plan. But two council members wanted more time to tweak the plan and voted no. Representatives from the Fraternal Order of Police and the Police Association of New Orleans were also in attendance and asked the council to take more time to iron out potential problems with the plan.
“Don’t tell my officers — They’re watching. They’ve been watching all day. They’ve been texting the heck out of me. I’m down to 3%. Don’t tell me this is to help the officers. Don’t tell me we’re going to revisit this,” FOB attorney Raymond Burkhart told the council
After the plan passed with a 5-2 vote, council members promised to revisit and change the plan as needed to make sure it complies with the new federal consent decree for the NOPD.