NEW ORLEANS -- State and local law enforcement agencies announced the results of a new seven-week anti-crime campaign, Operation Carpe Diem, across Louisiana.
In New Orleans, troopers helped the New Orleans Police Department seize $3.5 million in narcotics, arrest 41 wanted fugitives and get 30 firearms off the street.
According to officials, the campaign is different than past initiatives, and police say they are already seeing results. State Police dedicated 160 troopers to help local law enforcement agencies throughout the state.
'This was just basic, good old-fashioned police work, coupled with new technology, and it's the wave of the future and the change of the culture that you'll see in law enforcement, especially from a statewide effort,' said Col. Mike Edmondson.
'It's our ability to deal with those cases at their very inception whereby we can literally save the lives of people in this community,' Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro.
The collaborative effort helped foster information sharing between the different law enforcement agencies, along with a single data base for local law enforcement agencies to access.