Michael Harrison resigns as New Orleans Police Department Superintendent

Jan. 9, 2019: Michael S. Harrison has been hired as the next Baltimore Police Commissioner, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh announced yesterday, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Pugh made the announcement about Harrison one day after Joel Fitzgerald, the current Fort Worth Police Chief, announced that he was withdrawing from taking the Baltimore position because of current health concerns regarding his 13-year-old son. Harrison has been the Superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department since 2014. He has worked for the department since 1991. Through the years, he advanced through the ranks of the department, and he was named a Detective in the Major Case Narcotics Section in 1995; he was promoted to Sergeant in 1998, where he worked at the Eighth Police District and then in the Public Integrity Bureau until 2006, when he was promoted to Lieutenant. He continued to work there until early 2009. He was also the Assistant Commander at the Seventh District in 2009. In January, 2011, he was named to the position of Commander, where he worked as the Commander of the Special Investigations Division; managing the Narcotics, Vice, Criminal Intelligence and Gang Enforcement units of the department. In January, 2012, he took command of the Seventh Police District, overseeing police operations in eastern New Orleans, until he was named as the Superintendent. Before he joined the New Orleans Police Department, Harrison worked for eight years at the Louisiana Air National Guard. He received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Phoenix and a master of criminal justice degree from Loyola University. He is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command, Senior Management Institute for Police, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) National Executive Institute. In 2017, Harrison was named as a member of the Board of Directors of the Major City Chiefs Association. He is also a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Police Executive Research Forum, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and he was recently appointed to the Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force.

Attribution: The Baltimore Patch, New Orleans Police Department

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