New Orleans Police Lt. Shaun Ferguson — essentially second-in-command in the Uptown-based Second District — was promoted to commander of the Algiers-based Fourth District over the weekend, departmental officials said.
Ferguson has held leadership positions focused on investigations twice in the NOPD Second District. As a sergeant under Commander Darryl Albert around 2010, Ferguson lead the persons-crimes detectives who investigate shootings and armed robberies. He left for about a year to serve as a supervisor in the city’s centralized homicide squad, then returned in early 2012 to lead all investigations — violent crime and property crime — serving as second-in-command to the new Second District Commander Paul Noel.
Noel and Ferguson presided over a two-year drop in violent crime in the Second District that culminated in 2013 recording the lowest number of armed robberies in a decade and a clearance rate well in excess of national averages. Ferguson was also a fixture at Second District community meetings.
“The Second District would like to congratulate Commander Shaun Ferguson on being appointed as the Fourth District Commander,” according to a news release from the district. “Shaun served the Second District well as the DIU Commander and he will be greatly missed by the Second District Family.”
Ferguson replaces Fourth District Commander Brian Weiss, who was transferred to lead a new centralized juvenile division amid an internal investigation into the handling of a Christmas Day domestic disturbance at his home, WWL reports.
“A continual assessment of leadership personnel is a duty I take very seriously,” NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas said in a news release. “My senior leadership team and I will continue to monitor the performance of the entire department to ensure our officers are well-rounded and that our neighborhoods are receiving the best policing we can provide.”
In the Second District, Ferguson’s former job leading investigations will be filled by Lt. Douglas Eckert, who formerly held the same position in the Fourth District. Eckert also previously led the Lakeview Crime Prevention District until his assignment to the Fourth District in 2012.
“Doug is a seventeen year veteran of the NOPD who has spent the majority of his career in an investigative capacity in the Fourth and Third Districts,” according to the Second District news release. “We are lucky to have him as a part of our team. Doug’s first day with us will be Monday, April 7.”