by Joyce Kyles
Mayor LaToya Cantrell recently named NOPD Commander Shaun Ferguson as the next Superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department.
Mayor Cantrell says she “absolutely” made the right choice by seeking someone from within the department.
“Commander Ferguson is my choice to be the next Superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department.,” Cantrell said. “Commander Ferguson has the criteria that I’ve been looking for. I call it the three F’s: fair, firm and friendly. (He’s) known by our community with over 21 years of experience. We would not have made the strides we’ve made with the consent decree without Commander Ferguson modernizing the police department and bringing it into the 21st century.”
Ferguson says he is ready for the task.
“This is indeed an honor and privilege to be selected as the new chief of the New Orleans Police Department,” Ferguson said. “I have had many assignments in my 21 years with the NOPD to prepare me for this moment, and I would like to thank Mayor Cantrell for entrusting me with this opportunity. Together, we will work to build upon the successes the brave men and women of this department have been able to achieve as we strive to be the best police department in America.”
Ferguson, who will be officially sworn in during a ceremony Friday, Jan. 18, says that as NOPD’s top cop he will remain committed to excellence.
“To our citizens, I’ve served you 21 years and look forward to serving even longer. Through the Mayor’s commitment to you, me, and our officers, I will assure you, we will build on the positive relationships that have already been established. We will mend any relationships that may have been broken, as well as forge new relationships.”
Ferguson has served as commander of NOPD’s second and fourth districts. His most recent leadership role was as commander of NOPD’s training academy. Ferguson says he is confident in his ability to lead the department and cites accountability as a continued and high priority.
“Constitutional policing practices will remain among our top values as we engage in serving as we have been sworn to do,” he said. “We’re absolutely committed to full compliance with the consent decree. I am proud of how far our department has come. We still have some work to do. As technology improves and advances, so should our police department.”
Ferguson says he loves the city of New Orleans and is proud to be from the community. He was born and raised in the Ninth Ward. His family moved to Algiers while he was in junior high school. He earned both his both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southern University at New Orleans.
“This has cultivated me to have the respect of the city, its diversities and its uniqueness,” he says.
In addition to thanking Mayor Cantrell for the opportunity to serve as NOPD’s chief, Ferguson also shared his gratitude for outgoing police chief, Michael Harrison, who recently announced that he will leave New Orleans to become police commissioner for the city of Baltimore.
“Many may not know this, but I was the first commander that Chief Harrison sent to Senior Executive Training in Boston, where I gained the knowledge, leadership skills to not only be a supervisor but to also be a leader.”