NOPD Announces Changes to District Command Assignments


The NOPD is announcing three changes to District Command assignments, two of which will take effect on Friday, June 18, 2021 and the third on Monday, June 21, 2021.

Effective today, after a 37-year career with NOPD, Captain Anthony Caprera will retire from NOPD. Also effective today, Captain Jeff Walls, currently in command of the Second District, will transfer and assume command of the Eighth District.

On Monday, June 21, 2021, Lieutenant Eric Gillard, currently second in command of the Second District, will be promoted to the rank of Captain and assume command of the Second District.

In 2020, Caprera was appointed Commander of the Eighth Arrondissement for the French Quarter and Central Business District.

Caprera previously served as the District Investigation Unit Commander for the Eighth and Third Districts, as a Detective and Sergeant in the Homicide Division, and as a member of the Tactical and Motorcycle Units of the Operations Division. special. Caprera received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Loyola University.

Walls, who joined NOPD in 1997, served as the Second District Commander which oversees the Uptown and Audubon wards of the Orléans Parish. This area includes Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, as well as Tulane and Loyola universities.

Walls previously served as the Third District Commander, Eighth District Commander, Sixth District DIU Commander and overseeing the District Homicide Unit.

Walls received several letters of commendation, a medal of honor and two medals of praise. He holds an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Bishop State Community College (AL), a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Loyola University and a master’s degree in homeland security from Tulane University.

Gillard, currently Second in Command in the Second District, is a 21-year veteran of the New Orleans Police Department, graduating from St. Augustine High School in May 1989 and graduating from the University of Southern New Orleans. Orleans in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Law. Justice. Gillard began his career in the Third District in 1995 as a patrol officer and became a task force officer in 1996. He was accepted into the special operations division in 1998.

Gillard spent 11 years in the special operations division until he was promoted to sergeant in August 2009. He was then transferred to 6th district where he served as a platoon supervisor for 11 months before supervising the unit of the district task force in June 2010.

Lt. Gillard transferred to 5th District in 2014 and served as task force supervisor until May 2017, when he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. Gillard has received many, including nine letters of commendation, two unit citations and six awarded medals. including a lifesaving medal.

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