The well-documented shortage of New Orleans patrol officers, coupled with increasing 911 calls, has resulted in call backlogs that can sometimes reach into the dozens, according to internal NOPD memos obtained by WWL-TV through a public records request.

The memos, called "field supervisor activity reports," are written by high-ranking supervisors assigned to attend to roll calls in different police districts each night as platoons take to the streets. The reports include notations such as the number of officers available for patrol, major crimes and the backlog of calls for service left over from the previous shift.

The NOPD welcomed a new recruiting class in June, but the head count of officers remained flat.

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