Who is most responsible for reducing crime in New Orleans? The survey shows a clear answer | Local policy

Mayor LaToya Cantrell and the police department bear the main responsibility for reducing crime in New Orleans, according to The Times-Picayune Power Poll, although survey respondents are divided on the biggest change that the mayor and the police can bring to succeed.

More than three-quarters of respondents to this week’s survey put the onus on Cantrell and the police, followed, in order, by District Attorney Jason Williams, judges and courts and, lastly, the city council . Here are the weighted results:

Rank who bears responsibility for reducing crime in New Orleans

  • Mayor and Police Department – 3.6
  • DA- 2.7
  • Judges and courts – 2.0
  • Municipal Council – 1.6.

Municipal solutions are another story, with none of the six options garnering up to a third of the vote:

What is the most important thing Cantrell can do to reduce crime?

  • Persuade the city council to give more money to the police – 28%
  • Replacing Police Commissioner Shaun Ferguson – 15.8%
  • Launch a public campaign to reduce crime – 15.8%
  • Cheer on Ferguson but don’t meddle in police strategy and tactics – 13.9%
  • Solicit more public input on reducing crime – 12.9%
  • Other – 12.9%.

The results of this question illustrate the difficulty of fighting crime, especially in a time of emergency that calls for quick solutions. It’s one thing to arrest and prosecute offenders, but it’s another to make systemic changes that will reduce the crime rate itself.

Clearly, the locals are alarmed.

“We have passed the tipping point with criminal acts that have affected every neighborhood and every citizen,” said Mark Romig, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at New Orleans & Co., the convention and visitor promoter. . “I remember very well the [1996] murders at [Louisiana] Cooking pizza. It unfortunately took this horrific incident to get some action – which actually saw some improvements. I’m afraid we’re beyond that right now.”

Some survey respondents offered clear and straightforward solutions:

  • “LaToya needs to hire a lot more officers, work in conjunction with the FBI, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana State Police and publicly shame Jason Williams and the judges for doing their jobs” , said former city council member Stacy Head.
  • “Recruit and retain more police officers. The department should have at least 1,600 officers to adequately police the city,” Civil District Court Judge Kern Reese said.
  • “End the consent decree for the NOPD. Federal judges should not be running a city agency,” said Times-Picayune co-owner John Georges. “Let the chief of police and the mayor run their own agencies.”

Recruiting Class No. 190 takes the oath of police officer during a graduation ceremony at the New Orleans Police Training Academy on Dec. 18, 2020. Fourteen graduates were sworn in as new police officers in two ceremonies.

Others have taken a longer and more complex view:

  • “In all of human history, in all of our courses of inquiry and study, the only things that reduce violent crime are poverty alleviation or extreme oppression,” said Ashé Cultural CEO Asali Ecclesiastes. Arts Center. “Which one are we going to choose? Hint: oppression doesn’t work so well so far.”
  • “If the public safety approach is focused on arrests and policing, you’ve already lost the fight,” said Rashida Govan, executive director of the New Orleans Youth Alliance. “The city needs to get to the root causes of the problems. You can never stop to fix the problem. If bullets don’t deter people from a life of crime, neither will the presence of the police.”

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Conducted online from Tuesday to Thursday, the Times-Picayune Power Poll is not a scientific survey. But because it asks questions of key influencers in Jefferson and Orleans parishes in business, politics, the arts, media, nonprofits, and community affairs, it offers insight non-partisan to the thoughts and opinions of those who run the region. Of 348 Power Poll members polled this week, 101 voted, for a turnout of 29%.

Sean Payton

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton announces he is leaving the team on January 25, 2022.

Moving on to a lighter but also closely watched issue, the overwhelming consensus is that Sean Payton won’t be out of football for long. More than half of Power Poll respondents see the former New Orleans Saints head coach as a TV announcer or sports commentator within a year. More than a third see him coaching another NFL team, and very few see him relax.

What will Sean Payton be doing in a year?

  • Signature of a contract to be a host or sports commentator on television – 54.5%
  • Sign a contract to coach an NFL team – 36.6%
  • Living the easy life, with no financial connection to football – 7.0%
  • Other – 2.0%.

Another idea came from Byron LeBlanc, president of public relations for LeBlanc & Schuster: “You didn’t include coaching his son’s football team. After the movie ‘Home Team,’ he might find that more intriguing. Another one of his unpredictable calls.”

To succeed Payton, Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen is the clear favourite:

Who should be the Saints’ head coach for the 2022 season?

  • Dennis Allen, Saints defensive coordinator – 62%
  • Byron Leftwich, Buccaneers offensive coordinator – 10.1%
  • Eric Bieniemy, Chiefs Offensive Coordinator – 7.9%
  • Pete Carmichael, Saints offensive coordinator – 6.7%
  • Brian Flores, former Dolphins head coach – 5.6%
  • Kellen Moore, Cowboys Offensive Coordinator – 3.4%
  • Joe Lombardi, Chargers offensive coordinator – 2.3%
  • Doug Pederson, Lions defensive coordinator – 0%.

And now that we have Mardi Gras season parades for the first time in two years, Power Poll members seem generally ready to take to the streets, despite the lingering pandemic:

In light of public health, do you plan to attend Mardi Gras season parades this yearr?

  • Yes – 51%
  • No – 32%
  • Not sure – 17%.

The Times-Picayune Power Poll is a partnership between the New Orleans daily and powerpoll.com, a nonpartisan polling, news and information company focused on the opinions of influential people. Powerpoll.com is based in Nashville, Tennessee, and surveys 37 metropolitan markets.

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James C. Tibbs