On Monday (Jan. 14), Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced that New Orleans Police Department Commander Shaun Ferguson would be sworn in as the city’s new police superintendent.
Ferguson was appointed as an NOPD district commander in 2014. He currently serves as the commander of the Education and Training division, overseeing NOPD academy – a position he has held since June 2018. Before that, Ferguson spent three years as commander of NOPD’s 2nd district.
Mayor Cantrell said that Ferguson had the “fair, firm, and friendly,” qualifications that she was looking for in current NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison’s replacement, while Ferguson thanked both Harrison and the mayor before emphasizing that department accountability and a commitment to constitutional policing practices are essential focuses for him.
Mayor LaToya Cantrell announces the next NOPD Superintendent.
Posted by Big Easy Magazine on Monday, January 14, 2019
“We have come a long way. There is much work to be done, but we have come a very long way. I will still stand strong, firm, and fair as I always have been as a leader (with NOPD). I will still stand side-by-side with you all through the thick and thin. However, accountability must be maintained at every level, including at my level. Mayor Cantrell has committed to investing in the proper training and resources to move us forward so that we can provide the best services to the citizens of New Orleans.”
Ferguson is a long-time resident of New Orleans, having attended high schools at O. Perry Walker High School in Algiers. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the Southern University of New Orleans. He has been a member of the NOPD since 1995.
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