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Investigation: New Orleans Fined $38 Million for Losing Police Officers—Police Dept. Considered ‘Partially Dissolved’

By Adam Andrzejewski

Investigation by Adam Andrzejewski originally published by and

New Orleans has lost so many police officers that it could be responsible for $38 million in fines over the next 15 years thanks to a state law meant to protect pension funds, according to 4WWL, a New Orleans CBS affiliate.

The Louisiana law is meant to ensure municipal pensions are fully funded, and it stipulates that cities or municipalities may be responsible for lost pension fund contributions if municipal pension funds have unfunded liabilities.

The New Orleans Police Department had so many departures in 2021 and 2022 that the Municipal Police Employee Retirement System considers the department partially dissolved. This triggered the state law, which in effect makes the city pay for the lost pension contributions of the departed officers.

The city already paid $50,314 in July, and is set to owe $214,000 per month, totaling $38 million over the next fifteen years. These payments could be avoided if the city hired more officers. Returning their staffing numbers to their June 2021 level, 1,119 staff participants in the fund, would stop the need for payments.

New Orleans is struggling to find money to make the payments with, as these sizable monthly installments were not budgeted for. In fact, many city council members were taken by surprise at the bills. For this fiscal year alone, New Orleans will be on the hook for about $600,000 in payments.

As police departments across the country face staffing shortages, it’s important to remember there is a cost to downsize major institutions, a lesson New Orleans is quickly learning.

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This article was originally published by RealClearInvestigations and made available via RealClearWire.

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Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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