NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New Orleans is hoping to use COVID relief funds to help restore police overtime and add 150 new license plate readers across town. The new push comes after repeated shootings on the interstate and would be paid for in part by COVID relief funds.
The New Orleans City Council is now considering a request from the NOPD for 1 million dollars to purchase 150 license plate readers, to be deployed across the city.
“This year we have had several high profile shootings along the interstate a few of these resources will be placed on those highways as well as strategically close throughout the city,” said NOPD Supt. Shaun Ferguson.
Just this week two people were injured in a shooting on I-10 near the Superdome. In the last 7 months, at least five other people were injured in interstate shootings including a teenage girl and infant at the base of the high-rise back in April.