Police will have an increased presence at the New Orleans Pride Festival this weekend, officials said at a news conference Thursday in light of the Orlando mass shooting.
The New Orleans Police Department will be staffed at full capacity in the French Quarter, WWL reported, citing Superintendent Michael Harrison. A unit of SWAT-trained members will also be available as needed, the station reported.
“We have 100 percent staffing with our Special Operations Division in the event we need to deploy a SWAT deployment,” Harrison said at the news conference. “We will be ready at 100 percent staffing.”
Louisiana State Police will also increase staffing for the Pride Festival. The agency has been training for active shooting situations, WWL reported.
Jeffrey Sallet, the special agent in charge of the FBI's New Orleans field division, said there are no credible threats to the New Orleans area.