Some 400 officers who waded through the murky waters and pulled people from attics and off rooftops have been honored.
They were presented with special Hurricane Katrina pins. The small round pin shows a hurricane over a star, with New Orleans Police at the top and Katrina 2005 at the bottom.
Media attention immediately after the hurricane focused on the officers who could not be accounted for. Since then, the department has held 130 hearings involving the AWOL officers. The department says 115 were found to be gone from their assignments without authorization.