NOPD chief rolls out Carnival security plan

NOPD chief rolls out Carnival security plan

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The New Orleans Police Department presented its plan to the city council Thursday to put more officers on the streets during this Carnival season.

Superintendent Michael Harrison said 25 police officers have been reassigned from desk duty to patrols.

Starting Friday, 150 Louisiana State Troopers will be on the streets of New Orleans and NOPD officers in every district will start 12 hour shifts.

Harrison also said the department created a 16 member task force in December targeting violent criminals. The group is made up of two officers from each district.

Earlier this week, the Convention and Visitors Bureau said it would pay state police $2.5 million for overtime so they can stay in the city through May.

New Orleans made global headlines after an Irish police officer was shot in the Seventh Ward after a night in the French Quarter.

Harrison also said UNO, Tulane and St. John Parish Sheriff's Office and Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office will also provide manpower during Carnival season.

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