FBI New Orleans
Craig C. Betbeze
(504) 816-3274
July 2, 2015

FBI Deputizes Three NOPD PIB Officers as Task Force Officers to Assist in Federal Civil Rights Investigations

On July 2, 2015, three New Orleans Police Department (NOPD)/Public Integrity Bureau (PIB) officers were deputized as special federal officers/special deputy U.S. Marshals, granting them Title 18 Authority as federal law enforcement officials, as part of their assignment to the Greater New Orleans Civil Rights Task Force (GNOCRTF). The three FBI task force officers are Officer Michael McCleary, Sgt. Daniel Wharton, and Officer Johnny Young.

It is the desire of the FBI and NOPD to achieve maximum inter-agency cooperation in a combined law enforcement effort aimed at reducing civil rights violations specific to Color of Law involving the NOPD. The GNOCRTF enables PIB task force members to participate in FBI investigations outside their normal jurisdiction and streamlines information sharing between PIB and the FBI concerning ongoing color of law investigations involving the NOPD.

Task force officers are often used by federal agencies to be a force-multiplier and bring a variety of investigative authorities together, operating as one unified structure. NOPD Officers McCleary, Wharton, and Young bring years of experience and knowledge to the GNOCRTF and will surely become an asset to the city of New Orleans.