Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D) of New Orleans is getting exactly what he has been asking for, more Louisiana State Trooper presence throughout his crime-ridden city. However, will the state police presence truly help in the long-run, as it will not fix the issues within the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD)?
For months, Landrieu has asked that Gov. Bobby Jindal send in permanent state police to the Big Easy to help out the NOPD, which has been having a tough time handling the city’s upswing in violent crime.
But, Jindal has ignored Landrieu’s request, suggesting that Landrieu deal with the problems plaguing the NOPD and city by his own means, instead of asking for help from the state and federal government.
For Mardi Gras, state police will be scattered throughout the city so that there is a constant presence of law enforcement, according to State Police Col. Mike Edmonson.
“This is about fluidity … about a constant presence,” Edmonson said. “But it’s also a work in progress. It’s an open book. We’ll continue to add to it and subtract from it as we go.”
Nonetheless, is the problem in New Orleans that the NOPD is understaffed, or is that Landrieu’s administration has not done enough to combat crime?
In New York City, which is at its safest right now, stop-and-frisk tactics have helped keep the city’s crime rates incredibly low from where they were in the 1980’s before former New York Mayor Rudy Guliani (R).
Back in 2013, Times Picayune Columnist James Varney asked the very question, “what is to be done?”
Varney questioned if the NOPD should essentially take notes from the NYPD, taking on more aggressive police tactics to tackle murders and violent crime.
Under Landrieu, none of this has been done.
Instead, the NOPD is apparently dwindling in street presence and Landrieu has created and poured roughly a million into the unarmed “NOLA Patrol,” which will handle traffic and non-violent issues.
So, the question still remains in 2015. What is to be done?