NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - State Police command officers start their planning phase for bringing in troopers to New Orleans for Carnival season.
Preliminary plans call for 150 troopers to head to the city to help back up New Orleans police officers during a very busy time for the department.
State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson says he will meet with New Orleans Police Chief Michael Harrison next week to finalize the plans. He anticipates bringing in the troopers a little earlier that normal, possibly as early as two weeks. Edmonson says plainclothes investigators from State Police will be targeting human trafficking, illegal weapons, narcotics and fugitives.
Traffic and commercial vehicle enforcement will be increased on all interstates and major highways leading into and out of the area.
Edmonson also says he will have more talks with Harrison about what type of role State Police will play in the future when it comes to helping the NOPD during its manpower shortage.
Edmonson has said that he wished he could do more for the NOPD, but there hasn't been enough money to keep troopers in the city.