The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) has actually called Assistant Chief Melanie Montroll as Chief of its Harbor Police Department (HPD), complying with an extensive nationwide search that consisted of a variety of extremely certified prospects. She is a 21-year expert of the pressure and also will certainly act as the division’s initial female Chief ofPolice Montroll is successful Chief Robert Hecker, that will certainly retire after having actually led HPD for greater than 26 years.
“The Port, our tenants and the region rely on our strong, ethical, and professional Harbor Police Department,” stated Brandy D. Christian, Port NOLA President and also chief executive officer. “Assistant Chief Montroll has progressed through the leadership ranks of HPD and the law enforcement community due to her work ethic, integrity and commitment to the community and the maritime industry. Montroll brings the experience and leadership qualities necessary to accomplish her goals of recruiting, retaining and continuing to train an exemplary and progressive law enforcement agency uniquely specialized in maritime and homeland security.”
Montroll has actually functioned as HPD’s Assistant Chief because 2017. She is a second-generation law enforcement officer, complying with in the steps of her dad that additionally offered with Port NOLA HPD. Over the program of her job, Montroll’s development has actually consisted of Captain of all Platoons, Commander of the Criminal Investigations and also Internal Affairs Division, Director of Training, Academy Director and also Commander of the Marine Division and also everyday procedures. Since her college graduation from the Harbor Police Department Police Academy, she has actually been frequently acknowledged for her management abilities and also progressively proceeded with the rankings, coming to be Corporal in 2003, Sergeant in 2008, and also Lieutenant in 2015.
“It is my true honor and privilege to serve the Harbor Police Department and our community,” statedMontroll “I look forward to leading our already outstanding Harbor Police Department and pledge to work tirelessly to ensure that HPD is a shining star in our beloved state of Louisiana and a model for law enforcement agencies.”
As Chief of Police, Montroll’s leading concerns will certainly be employment and also retention of the very best certified prospects that cooperate HPD’s goal to secure and also offer the maritime and also area passions within the Port’s three-parish territory of Jefferson, Orleans and alsoSt Bernard Parish. She will certainly additionally proceed HPD’s dedication to variety, area interaction and also homeland safety and security, in addition to carrying out the current modern technology and also training.
Montroll belongs to the Louisiana Association of Chiefs of Police, International Association of Chiefs of Police and also the National Organizations of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and also is a grad of the FBI Leeda Leadership Trilogy program. She is additionally a participant of the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute course of 2022. Montroll acquired her Post Master Instructor’s qualification from the Police Officer Standards and alsoTraining Council She obtained her Boat Operator’s certification from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia.
Montroll holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of New Orleans, a bachelor’s level in Business Administration, and also a grad of the School of Police Staff and also Command atNorthwestern University She is a Louisiana indigenous and also resides in the higher New Orleans location with her spouse and also adolescent child.
Chief Hecker, that retires after leading HPD because 1995, started his job in police with theNew Orleans Police Department Throughout his police job, he has actually existed 3 “Keys to the City,” 3 Medal of Merit honors, 14 Letters of Commendation, a Supervisor of the Year honor, and also wide acknowledgment for leading HPD’s Hurricane Katrina Disaster initiatives, consisting of Gambit Weekly’s 2005 New Orleanian of theYear Hecker was most just recently called Maritime Humanitarian of the Year in 2020 by Global Maritime Ministries.
“Over 26-plus years of leadership, Chief Hecker transformed the Harbor Police Department into a respected force known for its integrity, high standards, and service,” statedChristian “On behalf of the entire Port community, we congratulate him on a well-deserved retirement.”
Montroll will certainly be advertised throughout a swearing in event on March 24 at the Port of New Orleans Administration Building complying with the month-to-month board conference.