The New Orleans City Council has scheduled a vote this Thursday on suspending the residency requirement for police officers and other emergency responders.
The plan is to help in the Mayors effort to hire 150 officers with in a year. A police union is in support but would like to be consulted on the wording of the measure.
According to Raymond Burkart, an attorney with Fraternal Order of Police, suspending the so called domicile rule will make working for the NOPD more appealing, whether it's rookies or veterans from other police departments.
''The key is to grandfather those who were hired January first 2013 forward and they would be grandfathered in as other officers were all the way
through January first 2014.'' said Burkart.
Burkart says there are other very important issues to help in hiring and retaining cops already on the force.
''In order, paid detail, domicile, dropping the no visible tattoo requirement and addressing low morale.''
Burkart says no matter what action is taken, New Orleans is tied up with consent decrees with the feds which makes everything more difficult.