Arnaud's To Make Cute, Cuddly Donation To NOPD Thursday

NEW ORLEANS – NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison, along with Deputy Chiefs and Commanders, will accept a donation of hundreds of teddy bears on Thursday, January 7, 2016, at NOPD Headquarters, 715 South Broad St., inside the large conference room, at 10:00 a.m., as a result of the NOPD’s second annual Teddy Bear Program, initiated by Arnaud’s Restaurant and in partnership with the New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation (NOPJF).

         Representatives from Arnaud’s Restaurant, the NOPJF and the NOPD will be at the event including Archie Casbarian, co-owner of Arnaud’s Restaurant and NOPJF CEO Melanie Talia.

         The teddy bears will be placed in NOPD vehicles for officers to distribute to children they encounter on duty that have been traumatized due to tragedy or victimization, along with distraught family members.

         Arnaud’s, located steps off of Bourbon Street in the heart of the French Quarter, at 813 Bienville St., has offered patrons classic Creole Cuisine since its inception in 1918 and features live Dixieland Jazz in their Jazz Bistro, romantic dinners in their Main Dining Room, cocktails in their award-winning French 75 Bar and an assortment of private dining rooms.

         The NOPJF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the New Orleans Police Department by promoting excellence in policing, efficiency in criminal justice and positive community engagement in New Orleans. Founded in 1995, NOPJF reps said they played a decisive role in launching the reforms and policy innovations that helped New Orleans lead the nation in crime reduction in the late 1990s.

         Today, NOPJF reps said they work tirelessly on behalf of the New Orleans Police Department along with community groups, business leaders, criminal justice agencies and City officials to make New Orleans a safer place in which to live, work and visit. The NOPJF is seeking supporters, like Arnaud’s, to join their partnership for a safer city.

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