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Feb 8, 2012 10:39 AM by AP

New Orleans sets up police advisory boards

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas have announced the formation of Police Community Advisory Boards in each of the city's eight police districts.

The purpose of the boards is to develop and maintain a partnership between the community and the department's leadership. The mayor and the chief hope the boards will help reduce crime and enhance the quality of life in the city.

The boards will be trained by the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service on how to conduct community meetings, submitting recommendations and complaints to the NOPD and implementing action plans. The community advisory boards are a recommendation of the U.S. Department of Justice, which has been monitoring the department at the city's request.

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