Farewell James Arthur Bennett Jr.

Today, HANO mourns the loss of one of its valued employees. On Sunday, May 24, 2015, Officer James Arthur Bennett passed away in the line of duty. Officer Bennett had been a member of the Housing Authority of New Orleans Police Department since 2013.

Officer Bennett joined the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office Reserve Division in 2000 where he remained until 2006. He then transferred to full-time status as a part of the Second District Patrol Division, and shortly thereafter, returned to the Reserves in October 2006 until 2013. He was certified as a Field Training Officer during his tenure, ultimately serving 13 years with JPSO.

Following a brief tenure as a Police Officer with the Albuquerque International Sunport, Bennett worked as a Deputy Court Security Officer for the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office in 1997 and in 1998, and as a Field Agent in the Intensive Probation Unit with the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court from 1998 to 2000. He earned several certifications in various law enforcement capacities.

He served as a member of the United States Armed Forces from 1987-1991, and was a Certified Flight Operations Coordinator with the U.S. Army National Guard Aviation Center.

To the public, the officer that lost his life on May 24th was known as James Bennett. But the HANO PD knew him as the "Cisco Kid". James Bennett was overall a friendly individual who loved to joke and have fun. He enjoyed interacting with our kids and our residents in HANO communities. He loved community policing, and he loved the Housing Authority of New Orleans.

Today, flags are flown at half-staff in honor of Officer James Arthur Bennett.