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The 124-page agreement spells out a series of strict requirements for overhauling the police department’s policies and procedures for use of force, training, interrogations, searches and arrests, recruitment and supervision.

Mr. Holder said the agreement is the most wide-ranging in the Justice Department’s history and resolves its allegations that New Orleans police officers have engaged in a pattern of discriminatory and unconstitutional activity.

“There can be no question that today’s action represents a critical step forward,” he said. “It reaffirms the Justice Department’s commitment to fair and vigorous law enforcement at every level.”

Mr. Landrieu estimates that the city will pay roughly $11 million annually for the next four or five years to implement the reforms. He expressed confidence that the agreement will produce “the new NOPD.”

“There is no problem here that cannot be solved,” he said. “We can and we must change, and we now have a clear road map forward.”

From wire dispatches and staff reports