Covering Louisiana

Aug 19, 2014 7:34 PM by KATC

Gov. Jindal thanks troopers for efforts in New Orleans

Gov. Bobby Jindal and Louisiana State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson met with Louisiana State Troopers Tuesday in New Orleans to thank them for their efforts to protect Louisianians in the New Orleans area.

"It is an honor to meet with these Louisiana state troopers and thank them for helping us crack down on criminal activity here in the New Orleans area. These troopers have been deployed to the French Quarter and surrounding New Orleans neighborhoods to help the NOPD secure the safety of New Orleans citizens and its visitors, and these efforts include street and interstate system patrol, as well as forensic and criminal investigation assistance. The men and women we're honoring today have performed these assignments with excellence. All of our law enforcement personnel serve to protect us and to ensure the safety of our communities throughout Louisiana. Their efforts allow us to sleep soundly at night knowing we are protected by the very best our state has to offer," Jindal said.

In a release, the governor's office explained that these troopers have been temporarily pulled away from their usual details and have been working additional hours in order to assist the NOPD since a French Quarter shooting on June 29th.

Jindal said the troopers frequently conduct patrols on foot and in vehicles to help ensure law enforcement presence throughout the area. The troopers have also helped conduct criminal investigations, respond to calls for service, and investigate vehicle crashes. The Governor said the goal of these efforts is to deter criminal activity and apprehend the perpetrators of crimes in order to crack down on criminal conduct on the streets of New Orleans.

In addition to the deployment of troopers to New Orleans from different areas, Motor Carrier Safety units are assigned to patrol the I-10 corridor throughout Orleans Parish and troopers working in the Criminal Patrol Unit patrol the interstate system leading into and away from the New Orleans Metropolitan area.

Over the course of the LSP New Orleans Detail, the troopers have:

o Responded to over 1200 calls for service;

o Made over 400 arrests with a total of 685 criminal charges;

o Seized over $344,000 in illegal narcotics, over $460,000 in narcotic related currency, and 31 illegally possessed firearms;

o Recovered 26 stolen vehicles;

o Issued nearly 2000 citations for moving violations; and

o Participated in over 2000 agency assists.

The governor's office also noted that LSP is currently also utilizing 45 troopers from the Bureau of Investigations Unit (BIU) that had been already working in the New Orleans area. They normally operate in the area of gaming, narcotics, detective work, and general intelligence.

This is in addition to the 55 troopers deployed to the New Orleans area from other troops, specifically from Troops A, B, C and L. At any given time, 50 troopers serve on active foot patrol per week during the supplemental relief period.

These 50 troopers on active foot patrol work seven day/twelve hour shifts and then have seven days off, and then another rotation of 50 troopers rotate on for the following seven days. This results in nearly 100 troopers actually being used in all, given the seven on/seven off rotational schedule.



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