NOPD partners with State Police, feds to tackle summer crime
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The New Orleans Police Department is expanding its partnership with state and federal agencies in a bid to rid the streets of violent crime.
The NOPD's partnership with State Police, ATF and the U.S. attorney's office will add more manpower to the streets and could mean federal penalties for anyone caught illegally carrying a gun.
"The ATF is making an agent available for every hour that we're out there and give us an immediate response for any gun crime that we need to call an agent out to ascertain whether or not that needs to be processed in the federal system or the state system," said NOPD Chief Michael Harrison. "That agent will be with us during every hour that we're out there working."
While the NOPD hopes proactive patrols help cut down crime, Harrison said the summer months historically see an increase. While shootings, robberies and burglaries are down this year, the ATF said there's a way ensure those numbers don't tick up...
"Most of the firearms we're recovering in the hands of criminals are stolen, often from vehicles where they were left," said ATF spokesman William McCrary. "If you carry a firearm in your vehicle, we ask that you bring it into your house at night. That simple act alone could help reduce the chances of your firearm being stolen and later used in a violent crime."
State Police are offering up an additional 10 troopers who will be embedded with NOPD as they do proactive patrols across the city. That's in addition to the troopers already dedicated to the French Quarter.
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