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Happening Today: Security preparations underway for New Year's events

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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

The Sugar Bowl pumps hundreds of millions of dollars into the local economy every year.

The game, combined with New Year’s Eve events, poses security questions, especially in the French Quarter.

New Orleans police are already deploying equipment to be used to secure the area as much as possible ahead of the holiday weekend.

New Orleans Police Chief Michael Harrison has warned anyone coming to New Orleans not to bring weapons to the French Quarter on New Year’s Eve.

In addition to the warnings, every NOPD officer will be on duty throughout the city, working 12-hour shifts.

The Louisiana State Police says it will double the number of troopers assigned the Quarter.

Criminologist Peter Scharf says there are reasons for people to be as vigilant as police despite the stepped-up security efforts.

“It's good. Is it enough?” Scharf said. “We hope so, is all you can say, and again the history of the Quarter attacks going back to the one two years ago, these non-ideological attacks are way more difficult.”

Harrison said the NOPD will block off Bourbon Street in the 100 block through the 800 block.

Traffic will not be allowed on or able to cross the street in that stretch.

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