The mayor's office has provided us with a rough breakdown of projected costs for major items demanded in the proposed federal consent decree for the New Orleans Police Department. The agreement is projected to add about $11 million in annual costs over the next five years, for a total of $55 million. Here's what they sent.
NOPD Personnel (Consent decree administrator, Curriculum Director, Human Resource Manager, IT, Data Analyst, Data Entry): $3.7 million
Early Warning System deployment, maintenance, tech support, compliance and audit: $19.75 million
Criminal Justice Information Sharing setup and maintenance: $12 million*
Lexipol Policy Development: $500k
AVL [Automatic Vehicle Locator] and Camera System: $1.6 million
In Car Camera System: $1.5 million
2 Year Data Storage: $1.9 million
Electronic Control Weapons: $800k
Supplies for enhanced training (recorders, copiers, academy expenses): $125k
Police Monitor: $10 million
Office of Police Secondary Employment: $2.8 million
Citizen Satisfaction Surveys: $400k
Total: $55.045 million
*Mayoral spokesman Ryan Berni says this will improve interdepartmental data-sharing on arrests, District Attorney case acceptance rates, convictions and major crime clearances. While the decree is still active, the federal monitor will be tracking that data to grade the department on the quality of its arrests and investigations.
Berni: “I think the important thing about criminal justice information sharing is it will help us in creating a database on arrests, prosecutions, conviction information that is now all maintained separately by the police department, the sheriff, the DA and the courts. The consent decree requires that the city and the NOPD track prosecution and conviction outcomes in certain offenses, so this will assist us.”