NOPD to unveil Halloween crime plan

NOPD to unveil Halloween crime plan

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The New Orleans Police Department will unveil its plan to keep residents and tourists safe this weekend as they stroll the streets.

NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison is going to be at police headquarters talking about the Halloween weekend crime plan, aimed at keeping French Quarter streets safe.

In 2011, two people were killed and 14 others were shot and injured on Halloween night on Bourbon Street.

This past Saturday, shots were fired in the French Quarter, but no one was hurt. No arrests have been made in that case.

City officials expect the streets to be packed with people in town for Voodoo Fest, trick-or-treaters and people dressed up for Halloween.
Voters approved a quarter-cent sales tax hike last week that will pay for extra police presence in the French Quarter, but that does not go into effect until January.
A temporary boost in manpower could help keep the streets safe.

"The numbers they speak for themselves," said Louisiana State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson. "Where there's been a state police in the city, working along with the New Orleans Police Department, there's a reduction of almost 40%."

Harrison is expected say whether extra manpower is going to be part of this weekend's crime plan at a news conference Thursday.

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