All reported crimes to the New Orleans Police Department are available to all citizens in real time using the NOPD website at www.NOPD.com., then clicking the 'Crime Maps' icon. Utilizing the crime mapping software, any user will be able to conduct an up to date search of crimes occurring in their neighborhood. The user can also set up to get email alerts for crimes that are reported as specified in a particular area of interest/concern. This can be very helpful for users needing to know exactly what's happening in a neighborhood.
There is no reason for law enforcement to intentionally under publicize or edit crimes that are being reported to have occurred. It is known to effectively combat criminal activity; the crimes must be reported, citizens must be made aware so they can become alert and assist, and police resources directed to combat the activity for a successful resolution.
The robbery which you have referenced in your email was documented on the night the incident occurred under NOPD item # F-16926-12 and a follow-up investigation immediately began in an attempt to identify the suspects responsible. Fifth District Detective Robert Hurst is in charge of this investigation and can be reached at (504) 658-6050. All reported crimes are taken very seriously and this incident is no exception.
As you may already be aware, the Fifth District's monthly NONPACC meeting is every second Wednesday of the month at the Fifth District station. I know you mentioned not always being available to attend this meeting, however we also conduct a weekly district Comstat meeting which is held every Wednesday at 11am at the Fifth District station. Crime trends and deployment strategies within the district are discussed openly at these meetings. Both meetings are open to the public and all citizens are encouraged to attend.
Lastly, my condolences to the friends and families of slain victims you have referenced. Hopefully, justice will prevail for the individuals responsible for these heinous acts of violence.
Please know that every member of the New Orleans Police Department stand with you and every citizen to ensure that this city is a great place to live and work.
Commander Christopher Goodly
Fifth Police District
New Orleans Police Department
4015 Burgundy Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70117
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