NEW ORLEANS — The City of New Orleans and New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) today announced open enrollment for Police Community Advisory Board (PCAB) membership. Open enrollment officially began on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021 for PCAB Advisory Groups city-wide.
PCABs are creating the framework for a public participation plan with the NOPD to engage in a collaborative problem-solving process that supports both the community’s and the police’s desire to enhance public safety. PCABs are responsible for vetting community ideas/suggestions, working with NOPD to understand operations, processes and challenges, and building consensus on priority items important to the community before submitting recommendations to NOPD for consideration. PCABs are also responsible for assisting NOPD in recruitment efforts.
The PCAB Advisory Group is a district-based participation structure that creates one PCAB per NOPD District (8 total). PCAB members serve a 24-month term. The group does not have any decision-making authority, but will meet quarterly to achieve the following goals:
- Maintain a consistent partnership between the community and law enforcement;
- Serve to help reduce crime and enhance the quality of life for all citizens;
- Establish goals that can be accomplished through positive and open communications;
- Assist law enforcement in helping to maintain police standard for accountability;
- Create processes to help address issues of bias-based policing;
- Improve interaction between police and citizens through education and training; and
- Strengthen and ensure the application of equal protection under the law for all citizens.
Membership is open to all New Orleans residents who are eighteen years or older and interested in serving as a volunteer leader in their respective police district.
For more information or to apply, please visit us at www.nola.gov/neo/pcab.
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