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BGR Virtual Breakfast Briefing with Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. and NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson
A Conversation about the Future of Policing in New Orleans: Where Do We Go From Here?


Sep 30, 2020 08:00 AM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Kenneth A. Polite, Jr.
Former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana
New Orleans native Kenneth Polite, Jr. is the former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana (2013-2017). Prior to becoming U.S. Attorney, he was a shareholder at the law firm of Liskow & Lewis in New Orleans, where he headed the firm's White Collar Crime Defense Group and served as the hiring partner. During his tenure as U.S. Attorney, Polite created the Crescent City Keepers Mentoring Program, aimed at using faith communities to mentor at-risk youth. He also created an anti-corruption unit to address claims of civil rights violations and public corruption. In addition, he introduced a reentry program facilitate local businesses hiring formerly incarcerated individuals. He graduated from Harvard University in 1997 and Georgetown University Law Center in 2000.
Shaun Ferguson
Superintendent @New Orleans Police Department
Shaun Ferguson, a 22-year veteran of the NOPD, was sworn in as NOPD Superintendent in January 2019. Before becoming Superintendent, he served as the commander of the NOPD’s Educational and Training Division, which oversees the police academy and training of recruits and continuing training of current NOPD personnel. Before this, Superintendent Ferguson commanded the NOPD’s Second and Fourth field operations districts and served in the Homicide Unit and as a patrol officer. A New Orleans native, Ferguson was raised in the Lower Ninth Ward and moved to Algiers during his junior high school years. A 1990 graduate of O. Perry Walker High School, Ferguson joined the NOPD in December 1998. During his time with the NOPD, he has obtained both a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in criminal justice from the Southern University of New Orleans.