Although Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Police Chief Ronal Serpas aren’t very happy with him, Tulane Professor Peter Scharf has done the city a tremendous favor with his current study of New Orleans police attitudes.
For those familiar with the situation at the NOPD, it is no surprise that 97 percent of the cops surveyed said that department has insufficient numbers of personnel. The fact is that most days, Chief Serpas has 1,000 cops or fewer to police the city. While the official count is just over 1,300 cops, when you take out those on vacation, those on sick leave, those on suspension, etc. the fact is that most days there are fewer than 1,000 functioning cops on the streets of New Orleans which is why in many districts, including Uptown New Orleans, there may only be two or three cop cars on the street during the late shift.