NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - On Bourbon Street New Year's Eve, thousands of people are ringing in 2015 as state troopers and NOPD officers stand guard.
Four hundred NOPD officers are spread out throughout the downtown area. In addition, 32 state troopers arrived Wednesday from locations across the state to provide extra visibility on this incredibly busy week.
Every corner of Bourbon Street was covered with law enforcement. Some were on foot and others on horseback with plain-clothed officers mixed in. State Police Col. Mike Edmonson said it's essential for his team to be in the city, especially in light of recent armed robberies and attacks in the French Quarter.
Edmonson said it's concerning to see footage of some of the attacks where in some cases, the victims weren't even robbed, just beaten. He urged his troopers to be safe and asked them to take a proactive approach to patrols.
Tourists we spoke to say they feel safer seeing such a high police presence, and they feel confident they'll be safe during their stay.
"I brought a purse that I can keep in front of me because I know this is New Orleans, and it can happen anywhere, but I'm trying to be safe," said visitor Mindy Rail.
"I think you've always got to be conscientious anytime you're in a big city, but I do feel safe down here," said visitor Trevor McFarland.
The 32 additional troopers in town will remain in place through Monday morning. Edmonson says its inevitable they'll have to respond to some incidents while here, but if they can keep that number low, this week will be considered a success.