Federal law enforcement agencies vowed to team up with New Orleans police to solve homicides, quell drug trafficking, and walk the beat in an effort to win the confidence of families who call the city’s most dangerous neighborhoods home, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The plan will double the number of federal agents assigned to New Orleans at a time when the city’s alarming murder rate is exacerbated by a dwindling police force.
Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation will patrol the streets with New Orleans police officers. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will add six special agents to its team of six permanently assigned to New Orleans, and provide the local police with ballistics identification equipment to replace what the force lost to Hurricane Katrina. “The goal is to detain, imprison, prosecute, convict and incarcerate these violent criminals, to take the pressure off the local criminal justice system,” U.S. Attorney Jim Letten said.