50 additional troopers in New Orleans through Labor Day
Written by: Leigh Isaacson, Reporter - bio | email
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -
Fifty state troopers and public safety officers will help law
enforcement in New Orleans through Labor Day. Governor Bobby Jindal signed off
on the plan Thursday.
Officers in the Crime Prevention Unit spent the evening walking up
and down seven blocks of Bourbon Street handing out information and pamphlets.
Many of the bars have more information to give anyone looking to help, stop or
call in a crime. Those who witnessed the chaos after Sunday's shooting said the
police presence is welcomed.
"A lot of screaming, a lot of chaos and a lot of really good
people got hurt," said Pierce Kirkpatrick, a bartender on Bourbon Street. "Last
weekend, I'm trying to forget about and it's a new week. We should try to take
care of each other."
Police officers hand out pamphlets and speak with customers at
bars up and down Bourbon Street.
"They gave me some tips on
how to stay safe, some literature to pass out to our guests and co-workers - safety,
scheduling and a neighborhood watch type," said Kirkpatrick.
Kirkpatrick said the crime prevention information is welcome.
"It makes me very happy to see them doing this, it makes me feel
safe," he said.
According to a NOPD spokesperson, the department has budgeted
$300,000, allowing them to have 500 officers work through the weekend.
Creating a stronger presence, they are available to answer visitor
questions and concerns.
Along with the NOPD, state police line Bourbon Street. Louisiana
State Police Col. Mike Edmonson says Gov. Bobby Jindal will redeploy 50 state
troopers and public safety officers to help the NOPD through Labor Day in
whatever capacity is needed.
Though the mayor had hoped the governor would send 100 troopers to
help with law enforcement in New Orleans permanently, he said:
"The additional support today is a step in the right direction
and we are hopeful that Governor Jindal will permanently assign additional
state troopers to our city."
For the weekend, tourists and locals alike have noticed the
increased law enforcement presence.
"Yea, I feel safe and I feel welcome," said Jordan Thompson. "I
feel protected and I feel safe."
The crime prevention unit officers that were working Thursday are
part of the additional Essence Fest coverage. The unit makes similar
informational trips down Bourbon and nearby streets throughout the year.
Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
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