NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A new security detail on Frenchmen Street is set to make the popular tourist destination safer.
The Frenchmen Marigny Triangle Business Association will fund the patrols, including two security officers and an NOPD off-duty officer patrolling during the hours of 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. each Friday and Saturday evening.
"A combination from the new security task force in the French Quarter that's doing a great job, but pushing things our way and the popularity and growth on the street does bring more challenges, there is potential for more crime," Jeff Bromberger, co-proprietor of Maison on Frenchmen Street, said.
The group hopes the security detail will be a proactive program to deter possible crime and help cleanup problems spots on the street.
The association is hopeful they'll eventually be able to create a special taxing district to pay for additional patrols, but until then they're ready drum up the cash needed for the patrols.
"The fact that it does cost money, I'm willing to pay anything to make sure my people are safe and to make sure my customers are safe and to make sure my neighborhood is taken care of," Jacob Williamson, the general manager of Dat Dog on Frenchmen, said.
The private security patrols are operated by Pinnacle Security and Investigation, Inc., which only employs POST certified guards with a law enforcement background.