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ORLEANS PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE UPDATE REGARDING LOOTING AND OTHER ARRESTS FOLLOWING HURRICANE IDA

NEW ORLEANS - 09-08-2021

Following is a statement from Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman regarding looting, other arrests and patrolling efforts for Orleans Parish following Hurricane Ida:
 
“Since 12 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28, the day before Hurricane Ida made landfall, the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office and New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) have collectively made 63 arrests for looting and 174 arrests total.
 
Public safety is crucial to the recovery of our community and the crime of looting is unconscionable when we are at this critical moment.
 
We do, however, want to assure the community that these looting arrests are not widespread and that our team and our partners are working diligently to prevent and address these crimes.
 
We are continuing to patrol the streets of New Orleans along with NOPD and the National Guard and are doing everything we can to help those in-need including water and supply distribution, including providing canopies and security, and participating in key partnerships to support our community.
 
We want to encourage community members to report any suspicious activity. If you witness a crime, please call 9-1-1 for emergencies and 3-1-1 (504-658-2299) for non-emergencies.”
 
ADDITIONAL POST HURRICANE IDA SAFETY UPDATES:
“We are continuously working with New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) and the National Guard to dispatch deputies into the community to patrol all of Orleans Parish as a part of a unified effort for public safety.
 
We have had deputies and staff on duty at all times patrolling the streets, staffing our facilities and monitoring the courts. In addition to patrols, we are also fulfilling calls for service such as security detail, traffic control and other needs.
 
We are working in shifts to ensure that our staff is equipped with the resources to navigate the aftermath of Hurricane Ida both personally and professionally.
 
My staff and I are in constant communication with the City, the Courts, the District Attorney and other authorities on our continued strategies for public safety.
 
As previously communicated, all evacuated inmates have been safely returned to our facilities. For the full update on their return, click here.
 
Our top priorities are keeping our inmates and the community safe by monitoring and addressing crime and helping our city to recover.”


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