Troopers returning to New Orleans to support NOPD

Troopers returning to New Orleans to support NOPD

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:

Governor Bobby Jindal said, "We are proud to step up and help protect New Orleans and ensure that it remains one of the greatest cities in the world. I cannot overstate my appreciation to the men and women of the Louisiana State Police for their efforts in New Orleans in light of the problems the city faces. The value and successes of the Troopers' recent deployments are clear, and we are grateful for their work to help preserve public safety. We will continue to support the City of New Orleans, one of our most historic cities, as they work to rebuild the ranks of their police department."

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