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NOPD officers & top brass have different opinions of Tulane survey of New Orleans Police

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"This is a castor oil liver pill for the department," said Tulane Criminologist Dr. Peter Scharf during a news conference Wednesday afternoon outside PANO headquarters.

The police association asked Scharf to poll NOPD officers about their working conditions and the reforms underway at the department.

According to Scharf, the results stemmed from the responses from 463 NOPD officers. He says 80% would take jobs with other departments if they could get the same pay and perks. 97% feel the department is understaffed. 86% say they don't have all the equipment they need.

PANO's president says the city's mean streets are not the reason why officers would take jobs on other departments. Michael Glasser says, the officers have too many complaints about how the department is being run.

"I don't think anyone joins the police department with the expectation that they're not going to be involved in apprehending criminals and trying to prevent crime. That's something we do," Glasser told reporters during the news conference.

After appearing on the WGNO program News With A Twist on Wednesday, NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas countered the survey's results with his own take on what officers do.

"Would they like a better work schedule where maybe they don't gotta work all the time on weekends? I would like that, too. But it's the nature of our job to work 24/7," Serpas said.

Following a ceremony at a library in Algiers, Mayor Landrieu also responded to the survey. He says it's not just the NOPD having to deal with budget-related issues.

"We just got finished having a library opening, and the library folks here said they were underpaid, over worked, and felt stressed," the mayor said.

The mayor and police chief question the method used to take the survey. Scharf says the results are an accurate depiction of opinions of officers on the force.

Scharf and his team plan to analyze the survey further and release a comprehensive report in about a month.

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