In May 2012, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced a major step forward in his efforts to reform the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) by creating the Office of Police Secondary Employment (OPSE). The new, independent organization will manage secondary employment for police officers, including completely overhauling the old “paid detail” system. These changes comprise a key part of the federal consent decree that will guide systemic reform of the NOPD.
Beginning in 2013 under the direction of First Deputy Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer Andy Kopplin, the OPSE began managing police secondary employment with integrity, fairness, transparency, and efficiency on behalf of the NOPD and the City of New Orleans. The new system centralizes oversight and shifts responsibility for all aspects of police secondary employment from the individual officer to the OPSE. This means all initial contracting of work, joint planning to meet customer needs, scheduling of officers and supervisors, payment and accounting for work, and customer feedback is executed and managed by the OPSE. Freeing officers of this administrative burden allows the police department to focus on preventing, fighting, and investigating crime in our city while maintaining an important supplementary service for businesses and civic organizations and preserving additional earning potential for our officers.
The OPSE is working with public advocacy groups, police organizations, customers, the NOPD and numerous other police departments, the inspector general, and city officials to learn and use best practice from across the nation to create a police secondary employment system that is user-friendly, fair, transparent, and effective.
OPSE Director Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) John Salomone
Lieutenant Colonel John Salomone has more than 21 years of service in the US Army. He was commissioned into the US Army Quartermaster Corps in May 1990 upon graduating from Georgetown University. He served tours in Cuba, Somalia, Korea, Germany, Iraq, and England. LTC Salomone was selected for the Army’s Advanced Civil Schooling Program in 1998 through which he earned his master’s degree from North Carolina State University in 2000.
From 2007 to 2010, he served as the US exchange officer to the British Defense Logistics School as the coordinator and later commander of the school’s Command Wing, where he led career training for every Royal Logistic Corps NCO, warrant officer, lieutenant, captain, and major--a full 16% of the British Army. He taught at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York for 3 years. He also served as exercise director for multiple Peace Support Operations Logistics courses in Kenya, training over 120 African Union senior officers from across the continent. Before retiring in October 2011, LTC Salomone was Chief of Plans and Operations and Deputy G3 of the 377th Theater Sustainment Command in Belle Chase, where he led sustainment and exercise planning in support of United States Southern Command and all operations supporting the command’s 6 general-officer subordinate commands and 38,600 Soldiers. He lives in New Orleans.