NOPD Chief Harrison Leaving For Baltimore Post

New Orleans police officer during Mardi Gras

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh is selecting New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael S. Harrison as her choice for Baltimore Police Commissioner.

FOX 8 reports that Harrison released a statement that said:

“Since my reappointment in May 2018, I have enjoyed the complete support of New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell. For that, I wish to express my profound gratitude. From the time she was sworn in, she has provided us the necessary resources and support critical to carrying out our mission of reducing violent crime and implementing 21st century policing reforms,” Harrison said.

“To the citizens of New Orleans I would like to say, serving as your police chief for the past four years has been the highest honor and privilege of my 28-year career with the New Orleans Police Department. This city and its people will forever hold a special place in my heart.”

Pugh's office said in a statement that Harrison spent 27 years on the force and led the department since 2014.

Harrison was appointed by the Mayor one day after Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald removed his name from consideration due to a medical emergency involving his son.

Pugh said Harrison has achieved clear, compelling and consistent results in reducing violent crime. He'll soon participate in a number of meetings with community leaders.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell released a statement wishing Harrison well.

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