NEW ORLEANS - With the shooting of nine people on Bourbon Street jolting the New Orleans community, District C councilwoman Nadine Ramsey is demanding that the NOPD superintendent give out a hard count of police officers patrolling the city.
Ramsey issued a strong statement Sunday afternoon that called on Serpas and Police Monitor Susan Hutson to immediately provide the city council with a complete audit of officers on duty.
"We need a hard count and we need it now," she said. "The public has a right to know how many officers are really on duty to protect their safety."
NOPD numbers have been dwindling, but despite Sunday's high-profile shooting, deaths by shooting have been going down in recent years.
Ramsey contends that there are not enough officers on the streets to keep the city safe.
"I will make it my highest priority to address the shortage of police officers in our upcoming budget process so that all neighborhoods are safe. I will also reach out to GovernorJindal, Congressmen Richmond and Scalise and our neighboring parishes to see what additional assistance might be available."