Louisiana State Police is ramping up enforcement in New Orleans for 2017 Carnival season and this weekend’s NBA All-Star Game. Trooper Melissa Matey says LSP will send 165 troopers to the Crescent City. She says plain clothes troopers will also be along parade routes looking for individuals with illegal weapons.
“Proactive patrols, different criminal investigations, they will be assisting the New Orleans Police Department with crowd control and traffic control in different areas of the city that we know have caused a problem in the past.”
Matey says law enforcement relies heavily on information from the public. She advises parade goers and those celebrating during Mardi Gras or attending All-Star festivities, to come forward and say something to police if you see suspicious activity.
“If you see something that doesn’t look right, let law enforcement know, we’ll figure out what needs to happen at that point but please help us keep everybody safe. If you see something that just doesn’t look right, please let somebody know.”
Matey says it’s a good idea to keep important information and valuables in your front pocket while walking in the French Quarter to deter pickpockets. She also says avoiding excessive alcohol intake is always a good idea.
“And make sure that you have a safe ride home because there is going to be zero tolerance for anybody driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. So please make safe decisions.”