NEW ORLEANS - Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu released a statement regarding Sen. John Kennedy’s comments on fixing crime in New Orleans:
“As I have said many times, making New Orleans safe has been and will continue to be my number 1 priority. While it is campaign season, murder and violence should never become just another political football. Over the last 20 years, New Orleans has lost over 4,000 people to murder and for decades our murder rate has been six to eight times the national average. With hard work, community policing, and major federal investments, murder and violent crime rates are down over 60 percent from their historic peak in the 1990s. I have been to too many funerals and consoled too many mothers at crime scenes, for a career politician like John Kennedy to pander from the peanut gallery, especially when he can actually do something to help.
“Since I became mayor in 2010, we’ve launched 13 new NOPD recruit classes with a total of 334 recruits. We’ve increased NOPD’s budget over 25%. We've also provided NOPD a 15 percent pay raise across the board to improve recruitment and officer retention, plus an additional special pay raise of 5 percent to NOPD homicide detectives. We've reduced barriers to employment and completely remade the recruitment and hiring process, getting better each day. We are underway with over $40 million in investments in overtime for our officers, new security cameras, license plate readers and funds to make sure every officer in Orleans Parish has a take-home car, which will help our deployment. Last week, I announced a new proposed pay plan that will address long-standing pay disparities between the ranks and provide better career tracks to help improve retention and recruitment further. As important, we are also fighting the root causes of crime.
“As a member of the powerful Senate Appropriations and Judiciary Committees, there is much Senator Kennedy can do to help—starting with investing federal funds in police departments and federal law enforcement agencies to help reduce violent crime here on the ground. I have continued to detail the ways Senator Kennedy can help to make our streets safe to no avail. He has not taken one concrete step toward making our city, state, or the nation any safer. It’s just the same old stuff, straight from the Vitter/Landry/Kennedy playbook.”
“In my remaining 299 days in office, I will continue the focus on reducing violent crime with or without his assistance.”
To view Mayor Landrieu’s letter to Sen. Kennedy, click here.
To view the letter Mayor Landrieu sent to Sen. Kennedy in March 2017, click here.
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