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New Orleans police started accepting applications Monday from former officers interested in working in the reserve unit. The move is aimed at backing up the department while it adds more full-time officers to the force depleted since Hurricane Katrina.

Emergency vehicles on Bourbon Street. The city is struggling to deal with a rash of crime in the French Quarter, but plans are in the works for a new protective force to debut soon.
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New Orleans is a city of desperate violence, but those neighborhoods most plagued by a wanton disregard for life — parts of Central City, say, or New Orleans East — seem a world away from the neon and wrought iron of the French Quarter.

However, a near-daily litany of burglaries, batteries and robberies filling the police blotter now has many French Quarter locals scared, and they are sharing that fear with visitors.

State Police Extending New Orleans Duty

Jan 29, 2015

State troopers will be on duty in New Orleans through May.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the move to stay beyond Mardi Gras is designed to ease public concerns about crime in the city.

State troopers will back up the short-staffed New Orleans Police Department through special events.

Colonel Mike Edmonson says the assignment will be reviewed when it’s completed to decide if the extra troopers will stay.

He says record crowds are expected for the French Quarter Festival and Jazz Fest.

Frustration was the general message at a Central City meeting with residents and federal monitors reviewing reforms at the New Orleans Police Department. Most of the speakers say the process is too slow.

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This story has been, and will be, updated.

The University of New Orleans Lakefront Campus and the campus of Benjamin Franklin High School are is under a lockdown order as police search for a car theft suspect.

New Orleans' most visited neighborhood rarely sees the type of violent crime that plagues other parts of the city. Recently, several high-profile robberies have rattled the region and led to criticism of the police department and the mayor, both of whom are rethinking safety measures.

Over the next few weeks, more and more visitors will roam the city's famous French Quarter, drinks in hand, for Mardi Gras. In less than 2 square miles, the French Quarter combines hotels, restaurants, street performers, and all-night bars with historic homes and tight-knit neighbors.

French Quarter Plans Anti-Crime Rally

Jan 5, 2015

Residents and businesses in the French Quarter will be holding a rally Tuesday in Jackson Square, calling for more police protection. 

They want action by Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Councilwoman Nadine Ramsey and New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison.

Landrieu asked Governor Bobby Jindal on Friday to send troopers to support the city while it works to fill vacancies in police department ranks.

The head of state police tells Nola.com/The Times-Picayune that option would leave other parts of the state short-handed.

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An exhibit opening Saturday features the repurposing of guns into art. It’s also a fundraiser for police to buy back guns and get them off the streets.

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After seven years without a raise, New Orleans police officers should be given a 20 percent across-the-board pay hike, according to a staff recommendation to the Civil Service Commission. The staff report was seven months in the making.  

The Lens reports that New Orleans Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux sees a big flaw in the analysis — it doesn’t factor in pension costs.

Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Jerry Larpenter says a 14-year-old boy was brandishing a BB gun made to look like a semi-automatic pistol when he was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy.

Relatives of other teens who were there say that's not true.

Larpenter told The Courier he believes Cameron Tillman thought he was opening the door to a buddy Tuesday evening.

Larpenter says deputies were called to a vacant house by a neighbor who said men with guns had gone in.

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