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Changes coming for Crescent City Connection patrols

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New Orleans, La. - Next week will see a change in which law enforcement entity patrols the Crescent City Connection.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced effective Monday, December 24, members of the Crescent City Connection Police Department will transfer over to Louisiana State Police.

"The CCCPD will be transitioning, administratively, under the Department of Public Safety as of next week," said DOTD Assistant Secretary Rhett Desselle. "Motorists can still expect to see a law enforcement entity patrolling the bridge, expressway and surrounding area."

Drivers will still see CCCPD officers wearing their current uniforms and driving vehicles with CCCPD signage.

Beginning in 2013, all on-duty officers will get new uniforms and vehicles from the Department of Public Safety.

"This is simply another step in a transition process which began months ago. We have already begun to welcome these officers into the Department of Public Safety family by providing them the same in-service training provided to our Troopers and DPS Police Officers," said Colonel Mike Edmonson, Louisiana State Police Superintendent. "Our goal is to have a seamless transition that provides the citizens of the New Orleans metropolitan area the service and security that they have come to expect from the Louisiana State Police."

There's one more change drivers should be aware of, that's how to report an emergency on the bridge. The public will now need to dial *LSP (*577) to request police assistance. For all other emergencies, drivers should call 911.

The Department of Public Safety will patrol the areas currently serviced by CCCPD.

"This transition of operations will be transparent and the public will see no difference in public safety services," said Colonel Mike Edmonson, State Police Superintendent. "State Police will work with local law enforcement to continue existing services to the thousands of citizens who travel this area on a daily basis."

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