NewsFormer NOPD Chief Assumes New Position With NOLA DA's Office

Former NOPD Chief Assumes New Position With NOLA DA’s Office

The NOPD retiree now leads the NOLA District Attorney’s Office’s Open Source Intelligence Taskforce as director of forensics and intelligence.

The 53-year-old hung up her NOPD badge on March 1; however, her commitment to public service continues as she assumes the mantle of director of forensics and intelligence. Nola noted that Woodfork’s new role, which started on Tuesday, requires her to spearhead the office’s Open Source Intelligence Taskforce, born out of a partnership between the agency and artificial intelligence firm Bancroft Global Development.

Woodfork’s responsibilities will include close collaboration with the NOPD’s homicide division and coordination of cases as they transition within the court. Officials asserted that Woodfork’s expertise will bolster efforts to “strengthen homicide and violent crime prosecutions.” DA Williams explained that open-source intelligence primarily encompasses digital data gathered from social media posts to assist in investigating perpetrators.

“I along with the entire District Attorney’s office extend our sincere gratitude to Chief Woodfork for her incredible leadership and humble dedication to the NOPD and the people of this City.” – DA Williams— New Orleans District Attorney Jason Williams (@orleansparishda) September 12, 2023

The criminal justice graduate boasts an accomplished background that includes investigating sexual crimes and child abuse cases, coupled with academic credentials from Southern University of New Orleans and St. Mary’s Academy High School.

Woodfork discussed her retirement with WDSU in March. “I had the opportunity to make a lot of changes to the department, and of course I did,” she said. “Every decision that I made was intentional, thinking of the citizens of this city, the men and women of this police department, and what was best.” She added that she was committed to giving NOPD “everything” she had before she walked away.

Source: Black Enterprise


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