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State troopers will remain in New Orleans to patrol the city's streets until November


NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana State Police who began patrolling the streets of New Orleans after shooting last June will remain on the job there for another couple of months.

Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson and interim New Orleans police Superintendent Michael Harrison said Thursday that troopers deployed throughout the city to assist with law enforcement will remain until November.

Edmonson originally said the officers would leave the city Sept. 1.

Edmonson deployed anywhere from 50 to 100 state troopers and public safety officers to help with law enforcement in New Orleans following a June 29 shooting in the French Quarter that left one person dead and nine injured.

"I want to assure the citizens of the City of New Orleans, I want to assure those who are visiting New Orleans ... that state police are not leaving the city of New Orleans," Edmonson said. "We're not going anywhere."

The extension came at the request of the police department and the City of New Orleans, he said.

"Law enforcement is at its best when we are all working together," Harrison said. "Over the past several weeks, Louisiana State Police troopers have worked alongside hundreds of NOPD officers providing strong security coverage to keep our residents and visitors safe. I am grateful for their service to our community and I will continue to work with Colonel Edmonson to maintain this increased partnership."

During the extension, Edmonson said troopers will continue with foot and vehicle patrols in and around the French Quarter.

Since July 3, troopers have responded to more than 1,600 calls for service, made over 500 arrests and seized more than $800,000 in illegal narcotics, over $900,000 in cash linked to illegal narcotics and 45 illegally possessed firearms, state police said.

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