Tourism industry kicks in $2.5 million for state police help

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Louisiana State Police plan to help patrol in New Orleans beyond the Mardi Gras season, and the tourism industry is going to help foot the bill.

During a joint news conference, tourism leaders said state police will bill the industry directly for the costs of patrolling in the city through the month of May.

State Police Commander Mike Edmondson said there will be 150 troopers partnering with NOPD to help secure the city. Stephen Perry, President and CEO of the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the industry has confidence in the NOPD

"On behalf of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the industry has guaranteed $2.5 million to help pay for state police overtime so they can do the most effective deployment in the city of New Orleans and stay through the end of May," said Stephen Perry, President and CEO of the New Orleans CVB.

The hotel industry has also pledged to donate rooms to the state troopers so they have a place to stay while they are here.

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