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FBI: 'Unprecedented' security for New Orleans Mardi Gras

10 months 2 weeks 1 day ago January 19, 2016 Jan 19, 2016 Tuesday, January 19 2016 January 19, 2016 3:04 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - The agent who runs the FBI's New Orleans office says security for the city's annual Mardi Gras celebration will be "unprecedented."

Special Agent Jeffrey Sallet told reporters Tuesday that the effort will include heavy use of surveillance cameras and advanced technology.

Officials at a morning news conference said the city's police force of more than 1,100 officers will be bolstered by 170 state troopers, 100 FBI agents and dozens of officers form nearby jurisdictions.

In addition, members of the Massachusetts State Police are providing training and advice based on lessons learned from the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

Major Carnival season parades begin rolling in New Orleans on Jan. 29.

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