These appear to be trying times for many New Orleans Police officers and according a police union spokesman morale on the force is suffering.
Top concerns include the domicile ordinance and the pending consent decree with the U.S. Justice Department.
Police Association of New Orleans attorney Raymond Burkhart said New Orleans cops don't make enough money to be forced to live in the city and coupled with the pending consent decree, he thinks more cops are considering leaving the department.
''Because that was a signal to the officers that the federal government wants to take over and that the sins of a few were supposed to be the fault of the many,'' said Burkhart.
Burkhart added that the huge expense of the consent decree is money that could be spent more wisely.
''Just put these reforms in place and spend the money on something positive, equipment, manpower, money and raises.''
Mayor Mitch Landrieu has been objecting to the expense of the consent decree and Burkhart is holding out hope the New Orleans City Council would also assist in getting more funding to the police department. There's been no immediate comment from top brass at the NOPD.