Donovan Livaccari, spokesman and attorney for the Fraternal Order of Police, also raised concerns that Nola Patrol might get in over its head.He's a bit off with this observation, though.
“Police are equipped to handle whatever comes at them, and things aren’t always as they seem,” Livaccari told the Times-Picayune. “They could utilize civilian personnel effectively, but what amount of an officer’s burden that’s going to lift is unclear.”
Mayor Landrieu’s plan is ostensibly designed to replacing the 50 state troopers that have been temporarily patrolling the French Quarter. Alas, with money tight, he wants to do it on a budget. The budgeted funding only amounts to $48,000 per NOLA Patroller, so with infrastructure, equipment, and administrative costs, we can expect their wages to be pretty minimal.
This has the police unions up in arms, because trying to pawn of their formal duties on civilian employees earning slave wages doesn’t exactly add to their reputation or the value of their jobs. Glasser believes that this is yet another scheme by Landrieu “designed to undermine the department and drive officers out.”
The second potential problem is that these pseudo-cops could become the chief enablers of the Quarter’s resident killjoys, i.e., the Vieux Carre Property Owners, Residents, and Associates (VCPORA).Even if VCPORA ends up taking a hard position in favor of the Citizens On Patrol, any "enabling" they receive in return would be incidental. The fake cops were organized and paid for by the local tourism industry. VCPORA doesn't always see eye to eye with those guys.