NOPD Beefing-Up Presence Through the New Year

Posted on Dec 30, 2011 in Local Issues, NOPD

Visitors and citizens alike will see a largely increased NOPD presence downtown as the city celebrates New Year’s Eve and hosts the Sugar Bowl and BCS Championship games in the coming week. Starting December 31st and continuing until January 10th, NOPD not only plans to double its officer force downtown but to maintain or increase its patrols in other areas of the city.

NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas

This means more than 680 officers downtown on New Year’s Eve and 700 officers in the same area for the Sugar Bowl, on Tuesday. Throughout that span, during which the Saints play their final regular-season game against the Carolina Panthers, there will be at least 500 officers downtown each day.

The deployment strategy is essentially an “all hands on deck” policy. It will be done with no overtime or minimal overtime paid out to officers, New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Ronal Serpas said.

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