NEW ORLEANS - With manpower in the New Orleans Police Department at a historic low, one New Orleans city council member is asking for more specific numbers from police about exactly how many officers were on the street Sunday morning when 10 people were shot on Bourbon Street.
“Within moments, within seconds, police officers were on the scene doing the things we want them to do,” NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas said Sunday hours after the shooting stopped.
Twenty-five officers were working in the NOPD’s 8th District, including the French Quarter, parts of the Marigny and the CBD, Serpas said. On Monday, the NOPD clarified that five officers were on horseback and four on foot on Bourbon Street.
The other 16 were patrolling in cars, or with the NOPD's specialized task forces.
“We are getting calls nonstop. And I intend to have a series of meetings in the various neighborhoods in my district to hear their concerns,” said New Orleans City Council Member Nadine Ramsey. She represents District C, which encompasses the French Quarter.
Ramsey said Monday she wants more clarification from police about manpower, and that she wants the Independent Police Monitor's help.
“Getting her input and getting her to ask the questions that we all want answers to. How many officers from the 8th District were actually on the street that night,” Ramsey asked.
Independent Police Monitor Susan Hutson works side-by-side with New Orleans' Inspector General, who recently completed a controversial report analyzing the NOPD's ranks and how they're deployed. IG Ed Quatrevaux found too few officers are handling calls for service for the majority of their shifts.
“You've gotta look at what you have right now. And what can you do to enhance it? I think the inspector general mentioned putting more officers out on the street instead of other jobs,” Hutson said.
WWL-TV asked the NOPD for their "trip sheets" from this past weekend to look at the numbers. The Department sent back a form letter stating they were processing our records request.