NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced Wednesday additional steps the city, hospitality industry, business community, and resident groups will take to improve and enhance public safety and quality of life for French Quarter residents, workers, and visitors.
The announcement included shorter-term plans for NOPD details to be paid by individual businesses and a hotel self-assessment. Longer-term plans include a new Economic Development District tax proposal dedicated to public safety that would be paid primarily by tourists.
To bolster manpower in NOPD's 8th District, which includes the French Quarter, Marigny, and Central Business District, short-term efforts have included:
- Assigning all or a portion of the Violent Crime Task Force of 16 officers daily to the 8th District;
- Assigning any NOPD Reserve Officers nightly to 8th District blue light patrols;
- Streamlining the process for applying for Vieux Carre Commission security camera permits;
- Doubling the allocation of overtime available for hot spot and community policing citywide; and,
- Reassigning officers from behind desks to patrols.
The longer-term (Jan 2016) plan for public safety manpower in the 8th District includes:
- Creating a new, sustainable revenue source to pay for State Police dedicated to the French Quarter through an Economic Development District quarter cent sales tax;
- Continuing the Polaris vehicle task force and NOLA PATROL programs, funded by the City's portion of the CVB hotel self-assessment; and,
- Aggressively recruiting more officers until all patrol districts, including the 8th District, are adequately staffed for both violent crime deterrence, calls-for-service response and community policing.
As part of the this longer-term plan, the primary responsibility of LSP troopers would be patrolling specific target areas (Bourbon Street on foot, Canal Street on foot, residential areas in car, etc.) in partnership with the 8th District NOPD officers.
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