The Lakeview Crime Prevention District (the "District") is governed by a board of eleven (11) commissioners as specified La. R.S. 33:9091.1.
All members of the Board shall own property within the district.
Members of the Board shall serve without compensation and are prohibited by law from receiving reimbursement for expenses.
The Board is advised by a board-appointed accountant and attorney.
LCPD Monthly Meetings
The Board meets on the fourth Thursday of every month (excluding July and December) at 6:00PM in the St. Dominic Rectory. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
The agenda generally includes a briefing on past crimes, recent crime trends, old and new business, and financial and legal reports.
The meeting generally concludes with questions and comments from the public.
The District is funded by an annual parcel fee imposed on each improved and unimproved parcel located within the District.
The parcel fee is collected by the City of New Orleans when it issues its annual property tax bills.
98% of the funds are expensed to patrol with the remaining amounts going toward legal and accounting fees.
The District’s budget is adopted annually by the Board of Commissioners.
The budget and all amendments shall be subject to approval by the New Orleans City Council.
The District’s budget shall be subject to audit by the legislative auditor.
The parcel fee is presently $150.00 per year on each improved and unimproved parcel of real estate in the District.
The fee is collected by the City of New Orleans and remitted to the District not more than sixty days after collection.
The City of New Orleans may retain 1% of the amount collected as a collection fee.
The fee is labeled “LAKEVIEW” or in some similar fashion on the annual City of New Orleans - Real Estate Tax Bill sent to each parcel owner.
LCPD Commander, Officers, and Patrols
The LCPD contracts with the City of New Orleans to provide law enforcement personnel. The contract states that the LCPD commander must hold the rank of sergeant or higher in the New Orleans Police Department. Per the contract with the City of New Orleans, the LCPD and the City of New Orleans mutually agree as to who shall be the LPCD Commander. The commander of the LCPD is assigned full-time to the LCPD. The salary of the Commander of the LCPD is paid by the City of New Orleans per the LCPD contract with the City, with the LCPD’s reimbursing the City for this salary. The Commander selects and supervises the officers who patrol the District. The Commander reviews crime activity and budget to determine the number of officers scheduled on each 4-hour shift. The Commander uses his best efforts to fill any shift where an officer, for whatever reason, does not work. The Commander reports to the Board of Commissioners on monthly crime statistics and crime trends.
LCPD officers are selected from any district in the New Orleans Police Department. Approximately seventy-three (73) officers have worked the patrols. The Officers are paid per the contract with the City of New Orleans, which invoices the District. An officer may work as many four-hour shifts as the Commander deems fit to schedule as long as the officer does not exceed 16 hours of overtime per pay period as mandated by New Orleans Police Department rules and regulations. The Offices can opt not to work a shift for any or no reason. The Officers are not reprimanded when they do not appear for a shift. But, any officer’s failure to appear does not allow them any opportunity for overtime compensation. The Commander also has the authority to replace an officer for cause.
LCPD patrols are proactive and supplemental to coverage already provided by the Third District, 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week. An LCPD officer on duty responds to a call with the Third District officer. When the scene is secured, theThird District officer writes the report and follows up. The 7 a.m. - 11 p.m. shift may have two to three officers per 4-hour shift. The 11 p.m. - 3 a.m. shift may have three to four officers. The 3 a.m. - 7 a.m. may have three officers. The actual number of officers per shift depends on the crime activity and budget.
The LCPD has four (4) marked patrol units and three (3) unmarked units, in addition to one (1) truck, for a total of eight (8) vehicles. The numbers may change over time depending on need, funding, and age of the vehicles. The City of New Orleans maintains insurance in regard to the vehicles. However, the LCPD budget also includes liability and/or other applicable insurance maintained by the District. The District purchases the vehicles, but they are maintained by the City of New Orleans per the contract with the City. When not on patrol, the vehicles are parked at the 3rd District site at 4650 Paris Avenue. The vehicles are painted as any other NOPD vehicle, but on each rear door is a red egg-shaped logo with white letters –“LCPD” – inside the logo. “Lakeview Crime Prevention District” is printed in black under the logo.