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Aug 23, 2010 12:55 PM

New chief plans to cleanup NOPD, city crime

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The man charged with cleaning up both the New Orleans Police Department and the city's violent crime has a plan and a warning for his officers "if you lie, you die."

In the wake an investigation that left 18 current or former officers facing federal charges, Superintendent Ronal Serpas said Monday that lying, either verbally or in police reports will result in immediate firing.

Serpas marked his 100 days on the job by making public a 65-point plan for rebuilding a department that has been hit hard by scandal.

It includes more training for officers, more accountability and higher standards.

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