Louisiana State Police will extend their expanded deployment in New Orleans by another two months until November 1.
An extra contingent of troopers was deployed beginning in July following a mass shooting on Bourbon Street. The LSP had initially committed to remain in the city through Labor Day.
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.
"You're gonna continue to see us in the French Quarter area walking the streets. You're gonna continue to see cars patrolling in this particular area because they're in support of those troopers that are here," LSP Supt. Col. Mike Edmonson said at a press conference at the 8th District police station.
Over the past eight weeks, 100 troopers have been deployed to the French Quarter and surrounding neighborhoods. They have responded to over 1600 calls for service, made over 500 arrests with nearly 1,000 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 3,000 agency assists.