New Orleans Police Department - Louisiana

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Something of a mixed bag

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Current Employee - Criminalist II - DNA Analyst  in  New Orleans, LA
Current Employee - Criminalist II - DNA Analyst in New Orleans, LA

Pros

NOPD's Crime Lab got a new captain just as I was leaving, who really seemed like he would be a huge improvement over the outgoing captain. Kind of sorry I never got to work with him, but it sounds like he is doing very well. VERY generous re: work-life balance, scheduling, and time off. Great benefits and job security, too. Most co-workers are very nice people, and the DNA Technical Leader was not only a giant in the industry, but a great professional mentor and just generally a very nice lady.

Cons

New Orleans city gov't seemed to view the police department as an over-priced necessary evil most of the time I was there (2003-2010), and the police department seemed to have pretty much the same nasty attitude toward its Crime Lab. As a result, we were permanently under-staffed and under-funded. That made the job very stressful at times. It was always a fight to get funding for such absolute base-line minimums as accreditation and sufficient reagents. Also, departmental politics can (and often did) spill over into the Crime Lab, which could make for a somewhat adversarial work environment at times. That being said, New Orleans got a new mayor (and in turn, a new police chief and new captains, including at the Crime Lab) right before I left. Hopefully, the incoming administration will do a much better job.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Please, PLEASE promote people to captain AND put captains in charge of the Crime Lab because they are competent to do the job and have a genuine interest in doing it well--NOT because of who they know or are related to!

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Other reviews for New Orleans Police Department - Louisiana

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    I enjoyed the knowledge and opportunities the position gave me through furthered education.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The reduction in tuition while employing yourself for the benevolent acts of helping the people surrounding you in a loving city that is facing hard times.

    Cons

    The poor equipment and current political squabbles which are equating to unnecessary dangers to human lives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your minds focused on the goal and not secondary motivations of glory and profit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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    There are better agencies

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Police Officer  in  New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Police Officer in New Orleans, LA

    Pros

    Experience. Police officers at NOPD can accumulate experience at an accelerated rate.

    Cons

    Poor leadership, poor pay, disgruntled employees. Failure to realize employees deserve a wage that is commensurate with the job and the sacrifices that accompany it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize the oppressive actions taken are destroying morale and forcing officers into retirement or resignation. Care about the people that do the job not just those that stroke your ego. Be honest with the public. Admit the departmental problems are due to the failure of the leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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