Gov. Bobby Jindal on Thursday approved the deployment of 50 state troopers to New Orleans to help police parts of the city through Labor Day, State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson said.
The action came days after Mayor Mitch Landrieu requested 100 troopers to patrol the city on long-term assignment. Landrieu asked for the extra help after Sunday’s shooting on Bourbon Street.
“I can’t feasibly do 100 without affecting some other part of the state,” Edmonson said.
While the troopers will mostly patrol the French Quarter on foot and by car, they will not be limited to that neighborhood, Edmonson said.
“It’s where they (city officials) are going to need them,” Edmonson said. “We’ll go wherever crime takes us.”
A first wave of troopers, an emergency contingent, will be in the city for the July 4th weekend to assist with the Essence Festival. The 50 troopers who will patrol the city in the coming weeks will begin that deployment after Sunday, Edmonson said.
He said the deployment will have minimal cost — or might not cost anything extra — and will use only troopers stationed in the area.
Edmonson said discussions about future patrols in the city will continue but stopped short of making any definite future commitments.
In a prepared statement, Landrieu said, “The additional support today is a step in the right direction and we are hopeful that Governor Jindal will permanently assign additional state troopers to our city.”