In 2009, the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation chose a new mantra: “Public safety first!” To celebrate and spread this message, the foundation held a “Stake Out For Justice” party at the Marriott Hotel on November 19, 2009, honoring some of the city’s heroes.

Melanie Talia, CEO of the foundation, warmly welcomed the hundreds of guests, and Norman Robinson of WDSU served as master of ceremonies for the evening. 

William Goldring, chairman of Republic Beverage Company Corporate, won the Corporate Responsibility Award; and Terry Ebbert, former director of Homeland Security in New Orleans, won the Chief’s Award, presented by John Casbon, president of the First American Transportation Title Insurance Co. Ebbert was one of the founding fathers of the foundation.

Additionally, three New Orleans Police detectives were presented with the NOPJF Badge of Honor Awards for heroic services: Det. DeCynda C. Barnes; Det. Anthony Pardo and Det. Harold Wischam.

David Welker, special-agent-in-charge of the FBI New Orleans office, delivered a speech, and keynote speakers were the well-known duo and CNN political contributors James Carville, a Democratic strategist, and his wife Mary Matalin,
a Republican strategist.

The New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation has served the New Orleans criminal justice system since 1995.