NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The New Orleans Police Department announced new initiatives Tuesday to help fight violent crime.
Several federal, state and local agencies pledged to help the city after a recent increase in homicides and shootings in busy public areas.
The NOPD is authorizing more overtime funding to put more boots on the ground to combat crime. A multi-agency gang unit is doubling its effort to stop gun violence.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is joining the fight, partnering with state and local crime fighters to catch criminals.
Leaders with the Drug Enforcement Administration said killings almost always start with drugs and said it would continue to work with the NOPD.
Louisiana State Police have seized 74 illegal weapons and made more than 800 arrests. State police said they are dedicated to staying in New Orleans.
The multi-agency initiative is to reassure the public that the gang unit is using all resources available, according to NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison.
"We are going to stop them (criminals) and put them away for the rest of their lives," Harrison said.
He added that criminals were taking advantage of vulnerable citizens and that's why the extra officers are needed.
Overall, crime in New Orleans is down by eight percent compared to the same time last year.