Mar 12, 2024 - News

Rats are eating NOPD's marijuana from evidence, police chief says

Photo illustration of New Orleans Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick with lines radiating from her.

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NOPD Superintendent Anne Kirkpatrick wants to move police headquarters to the DXC office building on Poydras Street.

The big picture: She told City Council's criminal justice committee yesterday that the current headquarters and evidence room are infested with rats and cockroaches, writes Missy Wilkinson at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune.

What she said: "The rats are eating our marijuana," Kirkpatrick said. "They're all high."

State of play: NOPD's headquarters and evidence room is in an aging building on South Broad Street in Mid-City.

  • Last week, the city submitted a proposed lease agreement with 1615 Poydras Tower LLC, which is across the street from the Caesars Superdome.
  • NOPD hopes to occupy the 17th and 18th floors of the building, according to the document.
  • The 10-year lease calls for the city to pay $7.6 million in base rent for the space.

What's next: The lease now heads to the full Council for a vote.

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