Michael Harrison became an NOPD officer 23 years ago, and today he is interim Chief.
Why did he want to become a cop? What was it about the world of law enforcement that called him? And now equally importantly… why does he want to be Chief? I ask that not to be facetious - this is a tough job in very tough times.
A community is crying out for more; more officers in neighborhoods, more caring and committed officers and more money for cops who will stay.
Officers are crying out as they struggle to make enough money through the new office handling details… with pervasive morale issues and with their own frustrations from not enough police on the force.
In a city with so much going right, the number of people shooting others continues to haunt us. Children are killed and maimed, women are slaughtered, and our sense of security in every neighborhood is shattered.
Michael Harrison has been around a long time. He has worked from the ground up. Yet, he is a new set of eyes when it comes to leading us out of the complexity of this situation.
How can he make us feel safer? How can he make the men and women in blue feel better? And, what does he think can be done to stop the madness on the streets?
Is it so common now that after the initial “oh no,” we don’t give it another thought?
Unless the slaughter was on our street or in our neighborhood… unless the bullets are in our children… do we dismiss it as just another sad/bad action by people who will never cross our path?
7 people shot in one drive by; 2 toddlers seriously wounded… a weekend of violence totaling 16 shot and 5 dead. Are we so numbed by such an event that our next thought after we hear this is 'what are we having for dinner?' Are we really that desensitized?
Or, is it that we have no hope for change in behavior that is so against basic human decency, that we no longer hear cries for help?
What you don’t handle eventually handles you, so let’s talk about it.
Join me for a 2 hour special today with my special guests: Captain Black with Brothers Against Crime; Darlene Cusanza with Crimestoppers; community activist Al Mims; and Reverend Ed Thompson with All Souls Church in the 9th Ward. I want to hear from you too…do you worry that crime could spread or is spreading to your neighborhood? If you witnessed a violent crime, would you say something or suffer in fear? Call us 504-260-1870, toll free at 866-889-0870 or text 870870.