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NOPD announces change of command in the First District


Capt. Lejon Roberts is sworn in as commander of the 1st District by NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson in Jan. 25, 2019. After three years, Roberts will be leaving to take charge of the NOPD’s SWAT team. (NOPD photo)

Capt. Lejon Roberts will be leaving his post as commander of the NOPD First District, the New Orleans Police Department announced Friday in a press release. He will soon take the reins of the Special Operations Division.

Terry St. Germain, recently promoted to captain from the rank of lieutenant, will assume command of the First District, which includes Tremé and Mid-City.

St. Germain has 30 years experience in law enforcement, including stints as a homicide detective and as a supervisor in the Intelligence Division, Homeland Security Division and Compliance Division, according to his LinkedIn page. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of New Orleans.

Terry St. Germain is sworn in as an NOPD captain on Friday (Jan. 14). St. Germain will oversee the First District. (NOPD photo)

Roberts, who has led the First District since 2019, has previously worked in the Special Operations Division’s Tactical/SWAT unit as well as the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth districts. In the First District, he would regularly give out his cellphone number at community meetings, urging residents to call with any concerns about the Police Department.

Roberts holds a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Upper Iowa University and a master of public administration degree from the University of Phoenix. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, School of Police Staff and Command in Evanston, Illinois, and is an instructor for the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s “Leadership in Police Organizations” training and development program.

The change of command was brought about by the departure of the Eighth District commander Capt. Jeffrey Walls, who has taken a police chief position in Alaska. Capt. Hans Ganthier — First District commander from 2015 to 2019 who currently leads the police academy — will oversee the Eighth District.

Capt. Daryl Albert, who’s in charge of Special Operations, was selected to take over for Ganthier at the academy, and Roberts was selected to fill his position at Special Operations.

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