The City of New Orleans is looking to make sure residents feel safe – especially after the deadly church shooting in Texas and Halloween truck attack in Halloween.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu sent a letter to U.S. Senator John Kennedy and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking for resources to support counterterrorism efforts and reduce violent crime.
The letter comes before Kennedy and Landrieu are to meet with Sessions to discuss how the Donald Trump administration can strengthen local police departments against crime.
Landrieu writes that local police departments do not have the funding, training or equipment to fully protect our country from terrorism. He adds that New Orleans needs more police officers on the streets with the tools to do both community policing and homeland security support.
Landrieu said Congress can help by expanding eligible uses of the Community Oriented Police Service Program. He wants Congress to reform homeland security grant programs to provide funding to local governments so leaders are better equipped to respond to acts of terrorism.
The mayor adds that Congress should establish a Presidential Crime and Justice Commission to identify trends in crime in cities and metropolitan areas. The commission would also review and evaluate all components of the criminal justice system and make recommendations.