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NOPD take 30 guns off the street during 2016 Mardi Gras patrols

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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

NOPD officers confiscated 30 guns over the past 12 days through aggressive proactive patrols on or near the parade route this Mardi Gras season. The gun confiscations and subsequent arrests were a direct result of a strong public safety plan implemented with help from local, state and federal law enforcement partners. 

"We had a zero tolerance policy for anyone who made the decision to bring a weapon to Carnival and put our residents and visitors in danger, and our results show it," said NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison. "Over the past 12 days, our officers have shown focused and impressive police work that undoubtedly prevented violent situations from happening. I commend the work of the men and women of the NOPD and thank our law enforcement partners for their assistance. We are committed to continuing this aggressive and proactive approach throughout the year."

NOPD started working at 100 percent staffing levels on January 29, 2016 as part of the public safety plan. All officers assigned to parade routes worked at least 8 hours a day. All officers assigned to work in police districts worked a minimum of 12 hour shifts. Officers return to regular staffing levels tomorrow. 

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