WWL-TV: In effort to decrease response times, NOPD could move dozens of officers onto the streets _lowres

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- New Orleans Chief of Police Ronal Serpas, right, retired at a press conference Monday, August 18, 2014 at City Hall. He is being replaced by interim superintendent Lt. Michael Harrison, left, commander of the seventh district.

Dealing with a manpower shortage and increased response times, the New Orleans Police Department could soon be moving officers from different department to the streets, according to a WWL-TV report.

Ken Caron, a community activist and member of the Police Committee Advisory Board, said that plans are in place to move dozens of officers off their beats and onto the streets.

Sources told WWL-TV that the redeployment plan could include up to 90 NOPD officers.

In October, The New Orleans Advocate and WWL-TV reported that NOPD response times have tripled since 2010.

NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison did not confirm the redeployment plans Wednesday at a news conference announcing a proposed property tax hike that would bolster the ranks of NOPD and pay for a $75 million settlement with the firefighters union.

"That's a conversation we have every day. When the police department is ready to reveal any type of deployment strategy. we'd be more than happy to bring that directly to you," Harrison told WWL.

The redeployment plan could be made public shortly after Mardi Gras, sources told WWL.

Read the full WWL-TV report here.