Federal consent decree to detail major reforms in NOPD

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It's been more than a year in the works, but a federal consent decree from the Department of Justice (DOJ) to reform the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) will be unveiled today, according to the Times-Picayune. Last year, the DOJ released its scathing report of NOPD, highlighting dysfunction and disarray within the department, and announced its authority to transform it. The consent decree is an agreement between the city and DOJ that will lay out the guidelines by which NOPD must operate.

Earlier this year, NOPD hired a liaison to work with both agencies and began some DOJ recommendations.

In his State of the City address in May, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced he is working with the DOJ to help "rebuild NOPD," and had invited the agency to work with the city when he took office in 2010.

Landrieu, U.S. Attorney Jim Letten and NOPD have not released any official comments on the announcement. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will present the details of the consent decree later today.

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