Over 100 State Police troopers to help patrol New Orleans during Mardi Gras

NEW ORLEANS – Louisiana State Troopers will be on the ground in New Orleans during Mardi Gras.

Louisiana State Police Col. Robert Hodges said over 100 Louisiana State Troopers will join forces with the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) to ensure the Crescent City has a safe and successful Carnival season.

“Our troopers will be in partnership with the New Orleans Police Department once again like we’ve done for the last many decades,” Hodges confirmed. “We will have 130 troopers here to complement the New Orleans Police Department as we have another successful Mardi Gras for the world to see.”

Hodges said the Louisiana State Police partnership with New Orleans Police will ensure the public feels safe and excited to visit New Orleans and enjoy the world-class culture and events the city has to offer.

Louisiana State Police Colonel Robert Hodges, New Orleans Police Superintendent Anne Kirkpatrick and Orleans Parish District Attorney Jason Williams at the RTDNA Crime Coverage Summit in New Orleans.
Louisiana State Police Colonel Robert Hodges, New Orleans Police Superintendent Anne Kirkpatrick and Orleans Parish District Attorney Jason Williams at the RTDNA Crime Coverage Summit in New Orleans.

“The folks who work in New Orleans don’t all live in the French Quarter. They live across the city and the parish and we want to ensure that their safety is protected when they’re home, when they’re at school, going to the grocery and everything,” said Hodges.

In 2025, New Orleans is slated to host Super Bowl LIX and Hodges said while Louisiana State Police will provide support to NOPD in the French Quarter and across the city, the presence of Louisiana State Troopers will also ensure Greater New Orleans residents feel safer too.

The announcement came today at the 2024 Crime Coverage Summit: New Orleans hosted by Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and the National Press Foundation to address crime coverage for television and digital journalists from around the U.S. who attended, including Unfiltered with Kiran.

When asked to confirm how many Louisiana State Troopers the state would send to New Orleans during Carnival, New Orleans Police Superintendent Anne Kirkpatrick said the actual number will be determined once they city and state have had a full crime meeting.

Plus, there are talks about adding a new troop for the New Orleans area, Troop N, but that involves redistricting and something that would need to go through the legislative process.

“It is the Governor’s intention. I use the word ‘intention’ because it’s not a done deal. There will be troopers here. It will be properly staffed with more than 10 and they will work in partnership with us,” said Superintendent Kirkpatrick.

“[Troopers] will have their own chain of command,” Kirkpatrick continued. “We’re going to work with each other in terms of what they can do and what we can do, truly in partnership. I do think it’s going to be an appreciable resource.”

Carnival season officially started on January 6 and Mardi Gras is on Tuesday, February 13, 2024. Mardi Gras parades in the Baton Rouge area are set to roll this weekend.

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