New Orleans Police Foundation founder to discuss NOPD reform

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John Casbon, a business executive who founded the New Orleans Police Foundation in the mid-1990s to promote reform, will discuss the current state and the future of the NOPD at a meeting with neighbors around the Garden District at 5 p.m. Wednesday at 1780 Prytania Street.

More details, via an email from the Coliseum square Association:

The future of the NOPD affects our quality of life, our safety and the future of our city. With so much at stake in the major reforms slated for the NOPD, the Coliseum Square Association invites you to:

A Conversation with John Casbon – The Future of the NOPD and what you can do to get involved

In the mid-1990s – when the NOPD was also facing a steep climb – Mr. Casbon took a leave of absence from his job to get involved and link the NOPD and the business community by founding the New Orleans Police Foundation. He is an all-around point person for police reform and he recognizes that the NOPD is again at a critical juncture. He’s looking to generate ideas that make positive changes as the NOPD faces unprecedented challenges.

Come hear his ideas, get involved, and let’s help the NOPD make positive strides toward meaningful reform.

A Conversation with John Casbon:
The Future of the NOPD and what you can do to get involved
When: 5 P.M., Wednesday, April 11th 2012
Where: 1780 Prytania St. (Corner of Felicity St.)

Sponsored by:
Coliseum Square Association
Felicity Redevelopment Project
Garden District Association
Irish Channel Association
St. Charles Avenue Association

John N. Casbon serves as CEO President of First American Title Insurance Company of Louisiana. John has been associated with First American since 1975. A Florida native, John graduated from Florida State University with degrees in both Real Estate Finance and Hotel Management with a major in marketing.

As a community leader, John is committed to New Orleans, and works tirelessly encouraging businesses to assume pro-active civic roles for the betterment and improvement of the city. He founded the New Orleans Police Foundation in 1995 for the purpose of linking businesses with the police department to make a positive difference. John serves or has served on the boards of the American Land Title Association, Iberia Bank, the LSU Department of Psychiatry Advisory Board, the Louisiana Trooper Foundation, the Business Council of New Orleans and the River Region, and The New Orleans/River Region Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Louisiana World Presidents’ Organization.

John received the 1998 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award for his role in creating and leading the New Orleans Police Foundation, and was also the recipient of the Anti-Defamation League’s 1998 A.I. Botnick Torch of Liberty Award. In 1999, he was awarded the Mayor’s Medal of Honor.

A life-long music enthusiast and self-taught musician, John is a member of two local bands, Hot Rod Lincoln and The Levee Dawgs, which are dedicated to the performance and preservation of the rock ‘n roll classics of the Baby Boom generation.

John and his wife, Ann, are the parents of two daughters, Jena and Hartley. They reside in the Garden District of New Orleans.

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