Additional state troopers arrive in New Orleans Friday

Additional state troopers arrive in New Orleans Friday

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Louisiana state troopers head to New Orleans on Friday for Carnival season.

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. The extra help is on top of the 42 officers who are currently in place.

State Police Superintendent Col. Mike 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 New Orleans Police Department, but there hasn't been enough money to keep troopers in the city.

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