You’re invited to Coffee With Cops this Saturday
The NOPD and McDonald’s restaurant owners from the Greater New Orleans region are teaming up to bring together police officers and the community they serve. Come out to participating locations on Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Meet the officers who serve in your neighborhood and enjoy a free cup of coffee.
Participating McDonald’s locations:
•1918 North Broad Street
•3443 South Carrollton Avenue
•3250 General DeGaulle Drive
•10001 Interstate 10 Service Road
Until the late 1700s, New Orleans was ruled by militaries. When crime reached high levels in the 1790s, Spanish Colonial Governor Baron de Carondelet called for the creation of a police force. Throughout the years it changed hands, structures and names. There was the Guard Deville (City Watch), various militia groups, and by 1817, more than four dozen officers patrolled four separate police districts. By 1852, it had grown to include a police chief, a group of 12 commanding officers and more than 300 policemen. The Civil War caused disruptions in the department, and it was reorganized and purged numerous times through the rest of the decade.
The early 1900s brought in mechanization and a motor patrol wagon, motorcycles, and seven horse-drawn patrol wagons. In 1915 the department had 520 policemen and by the late-20s, was battling bombings, fights, shootings and assaults. In 1922, it was recognized as the only police department in the nation equipped for first aid in all of its bureaus. Modernization continued as the city fought an increase in crime while battling gambling and the mob.
Controlling crowds of more than a half million people during Mardi Gras, the N.O.P.D. is noted as having some of the best crowd control skills of any police department in the world. For more information, visit the NOPD’s web site at www.nola.gov/government/nopd.