New plans to address violent crime in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS - The police chief in New Orleans says he's increasing overtime available to officers as the city grapples with violent crime.
Chief Michael Harrison also noted Tuesday that 27 new recruits soon will complete field training. And he said joint efforts with federal and state agencies to fight gang violence are increasing, although he gave no specifics.
Those are some of the latest developments being implemented to curb crime in New Orleans, where the city's homicide rate is on the upswing. And it comes after two recent outbreaks of gunfire in public places.
Police said there were no injuries when as many as 20 gunshots were fired last week near the French Quarter. Two people were reported hurt after gunfire broke out Monday at a downtown intersection near busy Canal Street.