NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison put the city council's Criminal Justice Committee on notice Wednesday that his department could end the year with a $2 million deficit in part because of overtime expenses related to special events like Mardi Gras, French Quarter Festival and the Essence Festival as terror concerns are heightened.
"First we're on pace to spend approximately one million more in overtime in 2015 than we did in 2016, now this is partly a factor of hte pay raises that our officers received at the start of this year, however, it's primarily due to the fact that we've had to expend more personnel on special event coverage this year," said Chief Harrison.
He recently had conversation with many of his officers about what tools they believe are needed in the current climate which also includes the recent attacks on officers in Baton Rouge and Dallas.
" I made my way around to quite a few of the rollcalls, talked to a good number of officers, you know, they have concerns about their safety, so do I in light of what has happened around the country, when you look at Dallas, when you look at Baton Rouge and even other places," said the chief.
Tomorrow Harrison will attend a memorial service in Baton Rouge for the slain officers killed July 17 that will be attended by Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
FOX 8 News asked Harrison what he would ask the attorney general for in the way of resources he given the chance.
"We're going to ask for more money, if I had her ear we'd ask for more money and training because as you see now terrorism isn't just overseas, it's actually hitting the streets of American cities, we need more officers , but they need to be trained, they need to be equipped," he said.
Harrison said local authorities are normally the first to respond to the scene of terror attacks.
He also told the council that recruiting efforts are going well for his department and he expects to reach the goal of hiring a 150 additional officers.