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Thursday, November 16, 2017

NOPD Online - property crime reporting

November 15, 2017

NOPD Launches New Online Crime Reporting Tool

online reporting

NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Police department today announced the launch of NOPD Online, a new online reporting system that will enable citizens to file non-emergency police reports quickly and easily over the internet. The system is designed to take information and generate completed reports for non-violent crimes.

The new system can be accessed here

“The NOPD Online reporting system will allow citizens to report non-violent crimes quickly and easily, and enable our department to continue focusing manpower and resources on protecting public safety,” said Chief Michael Harrison. “It’s a win-win, for the city and for our officers.”

On the site, citizens will be asked four questions to begin the process for submitting and printing incident reports instantly and free of charge. Reporting persons will be asked to verify:

  • Whether the incident is or is not an emergency
  • Did the incident occur within Orleans Parish?
  • There are no known suspects
  • Whether or not the incident occurred on an interstate or the Crescent City Connection

The NOPD Online is designed to take property crimes reports such as a stolen bicycle, lost or stolen cell phone and incidents involving unknown offenders.

When the reporting process is complete, citizens will receive a case number and see prominent notification that the report was successfully submitted. Reports can then be printed for records and used during the process of filing insurance claims. An NOPD officer will follow up on the report if further action is needed.

Citizens should continue to report Incidents involving immediate danger through Emergency 9-1-1.

The new “Desk Officer Online Reporting System” is operated by Lexis/Nexis and has been adopted by over 300 law enforcement agencies in the United States and Canada. The system streamlines the reporting and communication process so officers can focus on mission-critical aspects of their duties.

The NOPD Online reporting system is anticipated to free up officers time in responding to calls in person and will improve NOPD response time for emergencies.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

New Orleans Crime Coalition - survey results

Good Morning –
The New Orleans Crime Coalition has released the results of its annual resident satisfaction survey measuring public perception of the performance of the New Orleans Police Department.
We hope you will help spread the results of the annual NOCC Citizen Perception survey through your respective social media platforms using the attached neighborhood satisfaction infographic and #NewOrleansCrimeCoalition. For your convenience, we’ve also included some suggested copy below.
Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
#NewOrleansCrimeCoalition releases results of annual resident satisfaction survey measuring the public’s perception of the performance of the New Orleans Police Department. Want to know how your district responded? View the report at:
Thank you in advance for your consideration,
Anna Koehl
Anna Corin Koehl, APR
For 90 years. The strength to shout. The wisdom to whisper.
BMF is a partner in IPREX, the global network of communication agencies

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Training on How to Clean a Catch Basin being held throughout the city

See the link below for details and to sign up


Please join the Neighborhood Engagement Office for a catch-basin cleanup day. Volunteers and residents will work together to clear vegetation and debris from around catch basins in their respective neighborhoods. Meeting locations for each district are:
  • District C- October 7th (Eastbank- St. Roch Church; Westbank- Norman Playground)

  • District B- October 14th (Taylor Playground)

  • District E- October 21st (Lake Forest Charter School)

  • District D- October 28th (Beacon Light Church)

  • District A- October 28th (Brooks Shaw Church)

In November, after we learn how to do it, residents of NorthWest Carrollton are going to work to ensure that the front of the catch basins are clear.  Then we'll watch how they perform and call the ones that are problematic into 311.
And track them until they are fully functional.  

Saturday, August 12, 2017

New Orleans and Drainage

It's a SYSTEM. It doesn't work when too many parts are broken.
And lots of parts are broken, above and beyond the pumps and the turbines.
Catch Basins not kept clean by the people who live on the street.
Catch Basins not mucked out by the city.
The city paving such that very little space is left for water to get into the Catch Basins.
People consistently breaking the laws like:
Littering which blocks up the Catch Basins,
Blowing leaf litter and grass cuttings into the storm drains,
Parking on the greenspace between the sidewalk and the street which grinds off the grass and lets dirt flow into the Catch Basins and reduces the ability of the compacted ground to absorb, and, if parked on, can damage the catch basins,
Paving front yards,
Over paving period.
And things not done that do help absorb water like:
Planting trees,
Holding water on your property whether it's taking advantage of deep Arts and Crafts eaves to live without gutters so the water doesn't run straight to the street or rain barrels and rain gardens,
Using new technology to create more permeable surfaces.
When we forget it's a SYSTEM and we allow incompetence and malfeasance we get what we got.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Catch Basins and Leaf Blowers

Is it legal to use a leaf blower to blow leaf litter and grass cuttings into the street?
and if you don't believe me, below is the ordinance prohibiting this practice. 

Please remind your friends and neighbors who use yard maintenance contractors so that this practice does not occur.  And if you do it yourself, you should probably cut that out.
Sec. 66-287. - Sweeping from premises and sidewalks to be taken up.
The owner, his agent or occupant, of all premises shall be responsible to take up or cause to be taken up all aggregate sweeping of garbage, trash, litter, grass cuttings, leaves and all other waste materials from the premises, sidewalks and abutting property including the space between the property line and the curbline in front, extending 1½ feet from the curbline into the street or roadway and in the rear and alongside thereof of such premises owned or occupied so that such sweepings shall not under any circumstances reach the drains, gutters, streets or roadways. The owner, his agent, or occupant shall be responsible to have all sweepings placed into containers sufficient to prevent such sweeping from being scattered by the wind and placed out on the days designated for collection.
(Code 1956, § 28-19)

Sec. 66-287.1. - Use of leaf blowers to transfer or direct debris to public drains prohibited.
Leaf blower. A mechanical, battery-operated or gasoline-powered device which projects pressurized air forward to cause movement of leaves, grass or other debris commonly associated with grass cutting, lawn care, gardening or yard maintenance activities.
Public drain. Includes catch basins or gutters located parallel to public rights-of-way, open segments of city subsurface drainage conduits, flood control and water path canals or drains located on public property and incorporated into the public infrastructure for wastewater management or scipening.
Use of leaf blower to impede or restrict drainage or water flow prohibited. Use of leaf blower for private or commercial use in any manner which causes or results in the transfer, movement or directing of grass, leaves, yard debris, debris derived from yard maintenance, lawn care or any activities whereby debris is accumulated and projected to public drains or results in impeded water flow of public drains or restricts the public designated purpose of such drains is prohibited by law. Violators shall be subject to citation or administrative adjudication by duly authorized code enforcement officers or duly authorized law enforcement officers.

(M.C.S, Ord. No. 21912, § 1, 4-7-05)

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Pump Locations and Power Sources

Taken from, with thanks to Justin Kray who scoured the web to find this map.

Pump Station 24 (at the end of Pritchard Place on the Monticello Canal) uses only 60 cycle power.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

How does drainage work in NorthWest Carrollton

Taken from with thanks to Matt McBride

"1830s-1850s Steam-powered, wooden paddle wheeled draining machine at Dublin used to drain the upriver communities. Claiborne is the limit of development. Beyond Claiborne are the backswamps."

It is amazing that this is still how the area is thought of, anything North of Claiborne and West of Carrollton is thought of as "not as good" as the rest of the area.   Living in this section of town we don't think it is true but we do recognize the tendency for this to be the way it is presented.

NorthWest Carrollton is in Service Area 6

This is how the subsurface drainage flows in NorthWest Carrollton

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Healthy Catch Basins and 311

This is what a healthy catch basin looks like:
Greenspace not parked on,
Clear of debris,
And most importantly: FLOWING.

If you see a catch basin surrounded by water today it is either because:
it is the lowest spot in the area (note the area in the background),
it is blocked and you can clear the blockage (and why not littering is important),
Or the city needs to MUCK out the catch basin.

Today is the day to do this assessment in your neighborhood.
If you see a problem be specific with the street address and call it in to 311
or better yet send a photo and an email to
You don't see the problem when it's dry.


Healthy Catch Basin - no city installed curb

This is an example of a healthy catch basin.

Kudos to my neighbors who
Cleaned out the catch basin,
Cleaned off the street in front of the catch basin including edging the grassy area and then added bricks to keep the edges clean and the water FLOWING.

This street does not have a CURB installed by the city.

Corner Dante @ Pritchard Place Corner Dante @ Pritchard Place