State Police, NOPD blanket the Quarter

State Police, NOPD blanket the Quarter

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The French Quarter is filling up with Carnival revelers - many from other parts of the country - and law enforcement is out in force.

State Police and NOPD have blanketed Bourbon Street to keep people safe during the final weekend of the Carnival season. Revelers are definitely revved up, and they don't have to look far to see someone in a police uniform.

Richard Candell came down from New York. He said he had heard about Thursday night's shooting, but wasn't worried.

"Yeah I heard about it," he said. "We were over there, but we were not there at that time. …I'd been in worse situations. It happens."

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"It's my first Mardi Gras," said Detroit resident Tyson Dawson. "It's nice, it's cool, it's a nice little vibe. …This is something like I never saw before."

And from a law enforcement standpoint, the goal is to keep the fun safe. The NOPD has a lot of help - 150 state troopers, plus dozens of federal agents are on the streets of the Quarter and along the parade route.

"They're trained to be police officers," said State Police Col. Mike Edmondson. "We teach them to be police officers no matter where they are."

FOX 8's Sabrina Wilson walked Bourbon with Edmondson, and the message was clear to his troopers.

"Number one, I want them to be visible," he said. "I want them to be engaging, I want them to be mindful of what's going on around them, I want them talking to the people whether it's the business owners. I want them, if they see someone that looks like they're out of the ordinary or there's a problem or concern or something like that, I want to go up to them and say, 'Hey, you need something? It's about a proactive type of police work."

Earlier, the mayor and police chief spoke to officers working the nightshift.

"We just wanted to let them know how much we appreciate - they're doing a great job, we're getting great feedback from the public," said Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

"We want the officers to be on high alert paying close attention, and to do what they did last night - to be highly focused," said NOPD Chief Michael Harrison.

It's all so that good times aren't marred by troublemakers as the city plays hosts to tens of thousands.

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