NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Additional state troopers will redeploy this week to in the city in support of the New Orleans Police Department, according to State Police Col. Mike Edmonson.
Edmonson said operational planning has been underway since the completion of the 2015 Mardi Gras detail, when senior NOPD staff were asked to develop a sustainable strategy to deploy the officers. The redeployment will be in partnership with the New Orleans business community, who will help supplement Louisiana State Police overtime expenses and provide support for the deployment plan.
The New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau raised and dedicated $2.5 million to fund State Police operations in the French Quarter, Central Business District, Marigny and Bywater areas.
Troopers will be proactive, policing with an "all crimes" approach focusing on illegal guns, illegal weapons and fugitives, Edmonson said. Enforcement efforts will use uniformed vehicle patrol, foot patrol, plainclothes investigative operations and commercial vehicle enforcement all based on intelligence information of criminal activity in the areas of operation.
The following responses from public officials were part of a State Police news release: