New Orleans gets some of the help requested from State Police
Dave Cohen Reporting
State police are arriving in New Orleans today. An extra 50 troopers start patrolling the French Quarter, Marigny and CBD this afternoon.
It comes after Mayor Mitch Landrieu asked for 100 permanent new state police in the city. The governor approved half that number for the summer.
"You know, trooper would be a benefit; we have 50," insisted Trooper Evan Harrell. "Hopefully everybody sees that public presence, and these police officers - in conjunction with the troopers - are going to be taking a very proactive approach."
It all comes in the wake of the shooting that left one bystander dead and nine wounded on Bourbon Street last month.
"If we can send troopers, we are going to send them. Fortunately enough we have 50 troopers."
Harrell says the goal is to protect the public with as much additional manpower as they can provide.
"If we can do it, we are going to come and help out," the trooper said.
Some of the additional troopers will be walking the beat, others will patrol in cars.
The reinforcements are scheduled to stay through July and August. The mayor had asked for permanent help.