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Orleans Parish Sheriff Susan Hutson announces support of agencies from throughout region to assist with Carnival parade security

NEW ORLEANS - 2-9-2023

Temporary booking location opens in French Quarter ahead of busy parade weekend

Orleans Parish Sheriff Susan A. Hutson acknowledged the local and regional agencies that will have a presence along the extended parade route throughout Carnival Season. We were tasked with getting 125-150 officers per day and we far exceeded that number.

"I want to extend a huge thank you to all of our law-enforcement partners who answered my and the city's call for support," Hutson said. "On behalf of our entire city, thank you for stepping up to ensure we are able to secure the full Carnival parade routes and restore this tradition that means a great deal to the parading Krewes, our residents and the larger community."

Officers and deputies from local universities and agencies throughout the city and region have committed their time to work parade details. A total of 178 officers from 13 agencies signed agreements to support parade security operations. These officers and deputies will work one or more days over the course of this carnival season. They will support NOPD and anywhere from 70-120 OPSO deputies who have volunteered to work on any given day. The agencies represented include:

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Sheriff Joseph Lopinto 51
Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Sheriff Craig Webre 5
Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Sheriff Randy Seal 6
St. James Parish Sheriff’s Office Sheriff Willy J. Martin Jr. 6
Tangipahoa Sheriff Office Sheriff Daniel Edwards 11
Orleans Constable (Second City) Constable Byron Shorty, Jr. 8
Jefferson Parish Constable Constable Allen Leone, Jr. 1
Tangipahoa Constable Don Marshall 1
University of New Orleans Police Dept. Chief Joshua Rondeno 5
University of Holy Cross Police Dept. Chief Marshall Pierre 6
Jeanerette Marshal Marshall Fernest Martin 5
LA Probation & Parole Ernest Jacob Rieux 33
Department of Corrections Kent Gremillion 40

OPSO also opened its Mobile Communications and alternate Intake and Processing Compound (IPC) Unit to be used during Carnival. The temporary booking is a major benefit as this compound allows our law-enforcement partners to return quickly to patrol the French Quarter and this also helps to shorten the processing and release time of the arrested subjects.

This is the 17th year that the OPSO, NOPD and Louisiana State Police have used this booking facility. In 2020 this temporary unit was used to process a total of 71 people primarily for weapon and drug charges.

"This is an extra measure of public safety that can make a difference and gets the police back to patrolling the streets faster," Hutson said.

OPSO will use its mobile booking unit as a temporary IPC in the French Quarter beginning Friday, Feb.10, through Sunday, Feb. 12; and Friday, Feb. 17, through Monday, Feb. 20.



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