LSP to stay in New Orleans until November
POSTED: Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 1:15pm
UPDATED: Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 3:23pm
NEW ORLEANS, LA (LSP) — This afternoon, State Police Superintendent Colonel Mike Edmonson was joined by New Orleans Police Department Interim Superintendent Michael Harrison to highlight the successful proactive enforcement efforts of Troopers deployed throughout the New Orleans area and announce plans to extend the LSP task force until November, 2014.
The extension of the LSP deployment came at the request of NOPD and the City of New Orleans to enable Troopers to continue building on the enforcement and crime suppression successes of the current detail, while providing a smoother transition to NOPD enforcement patrols.
During the approximate two month extension period, Troopers will continue with both foot and vehicle patrols of the French Quarter area while allowing NOPD to resume their traditional role of routine law enforcement as LSP conducts a phased withdrawal of Troopers.
The deployment began on July 3, 2014 following a shooting on Bourbon Street that left one citizen dead and nine others wounded. Over the past eight weeks, 100 Troopers have been deployed to the French Quarter and surrounding neighborhoods to supplement the New Orleans Police Department and saturate the area with a highly visible and proactive police presence ensuring the safety of citizens and visitors.
Throughout the detail, Troopers have responded to over 1600 calls for service, made over 500 arrests with nearly a 1000 criminal charges, seized over $800,000 in illegal narcotics, nearly $900,000 in narcotics related currency, and 45 illegally possessed firearms.
LSP personnel have additionally recovered 27 stolen vehicles, issued over 2000 citations for traffic violations, and participated in over 3000 agency assists.
“Whether meeting with community leaders, business owners, citizens or visitors on the street, I’ve heard firsthand the impact our Troopers have made throughout the French Quarter and the surrounding areas,” said Edmonson.
“As we began our deployment, I challenged our Troopers to be proactive and thorough in seeking out the criminal element threatening the safety of our community. I’m pleased to announce the success of that mission and the continued commitment to ensuring safety in New Orleans as NOPD transitions to a new command staff.”
“Law enforcement is at its best when we are all working together,” said NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison. “Over the past several weeks, Louisiana State Police Troopers have worked alongside hundreds of NOPD officers providing strong security coverage to keep our residents and visitors safe.
I am grateful for their service to our community and I will continue to work with Colonel Edmonson to maintain this increased partnership.”
In addition to the proactive foot and vehicle patrols, Troop personnel and Troopers with the Motor Carrier Safety unit have been utilized to patrol the I-10 corridor throughout Orleans Parish as well as the interstate system leading into and away from the New Orleans Metropolitan area in an effort to deter criminal activity and provide a safer transportation environment.
Troopers’ dedication and proactive efforts have also played vital roles in several high profile criminal incidents including the capture and arrest of two suspects in the 9th ward drive by shooting that left two dead and five wounded, the discovery and arrest of two individuals suspected to be involved in the stabbing of a citizen on Decatur Street, and the interruption of an attempted murder in progress under the Calliope Street overpass ending with the suspect’s arrest and seizure of the weapon along with various narcotics.