Protect our Rights under the Civil Service System

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Fraternal Order of Police

Crescent City Lodge No. 2 (LA 002)

June 11, 2014

To Protect our Rights under the Civil Service System

Civil Service Commission Meeting – Thursday, June 12, 2014

10:00am – City Council Chambers


On Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 10:00am in the New Orleans City Council
chambers, the New Orleans Civil Service Commission will hold another public
meeting on the administrations’ “Great Place to Work” initiative.

This initiative entails wholesale changes to the Civil Service System,
under the guise of Civil Service reform.

The Fraternal Order of Police has met several times with a representative
of the CAO Andy Kopplin’s office as well as the New Orleans Civil Service
Department and progress has been made to alleviate some of our initial

For example, the administration has agreed to leave the banding system in
place for both hiring and promotions and has also agreed to restore
veterans’ preferences to the hiring process. However, they are insistent
on removing the “Rule of 3” for hiring and promotions.

In our view, the removal of the “Rule of 3” is unacceptable because it is a
constitutionally mandated protection, and the Fraternal Order of Police is
ready to take whatever legal action in necessary to protect the rights of
our members.

We need our members, both active and retired, to show up at the City
Council chambers on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 10:00am, to support our
Executive Board and Legal Team as we fight for the rights of New Orleans
police officers. Let’s not leave any doubt, the Fraternal Order of Police
opposes the removal of the constitutional rights and protections afforded
to us by the merit-based Civil Service System.

Yes, Mr. Kopplin – we do “value fairness over efficiency”.

It is vitally important that our members show up in force -and each fill
out and submit a speakers card.

All members should be aware that there are rules of comportment when
attending a Civil Service Commission meeting.

1. You cannot be armed.
2. If you are going to speak, do not wear a uniform.
3. Make sure you are off-duty or have permission to attend
4. Act with decorum and respect to all others present

We will have signs available for members to hold – expressing our opinion
on this proposal.



” promote and foster the enforcement of law and order; to improve the
individual and collective proficiency of our members in the performance of
their duties; to encourage fraternal, educational, charitable and social
activities among law enforcement officers;

to advocate and strive for uniform application of the civil service merit
system for appointment and promotion;

to support the improvement of the standard of living and working
conditions of the law enforcement profession through every legal and
ethical means available; to create and maintain tradition of esprit de
corps insuring fidelity to duty under all conditions and circumstances; to
cultivate a spirit of fraternalism and mutual helpfulness among our members
and the people we serve; to increase the efficiency of the law enforcement
profession and thus more firmly to establish the confidence of the public
in the service dedicated to the protection of life and property.”.