The City of New Orleans hopes more officers will help control the recent crime in the city. Thirty new recruits entered the training academy Monday morning.
In a morning press conference, Mayor Mitch Landrieu said this class will advance as the highest paid recruits in the state.
The city has budgeted for 150 new recruits this year. Recruiting them required a $300,000 investment. This investment couples with the millions of dollars spent in body cameras, several new patrol vehicles and facilities upgrades.
It gives the impression that the city is trying to remain proactive in fighting crime. Leaders said Monday that public safety is the top priority.
"Each and every one of them are here today because they have a desire to serve their community and they have proven they have what it takes to do just that," said NOPD Supt. Michael Harrison. "They have successfully made it through our rigorous screening process which includes multiple choice and written exams, a physical exam, structural interview and thorough background investigation."
The new recruits join 29 recruits already training. They're expected to graduate in March.