Much of Council's NOPD budget discussions centered on getting more officers on the streets
Increasing the size of the New Orleans police force and getting more officers on the streets was on the minds of City Council members Wednesday as they reviewed the mayor's 2014 spending proposal for the NOPD with Superintendent Ronal Serpas.
Of the roughly 1,200 officers on the force, just over 700 actually patrol the streets.
Serpas says next year's budget should allow for 5 new recruit classes, adding an additional 150 officers to the force.
Council member Cynthia Hedge-Morrell talked about raising officers' pay.
"It stands to reason when your force is as small as it is, then, what you have to look at is how do you retain the people you've already invested in. I'd ask that we really look at giving the officers a pay raise," Hedge-Morrell said.
The proposed budget also includes funds to equip officers with body cameras.