Councilmembers Release Preliminary Action Items to Address Violent Crime


February 3, 2022
Councilmembers Release Preliminary Action Items to Address Violent Crime
NEW ORLEANS – Today, Council President Helena Moreno, Vice-President J.P. Morrell, and Councilmembers Lesli Harris and Joe Giarrusso announced the release of a compilation of action items to address surging violent crime in our communities. These Councilmembers will continue to receive feedback from the public and collaborate with the full Council on solutions, noting that public safety is the Council’s top priority.
The plan addresses steps that the Council and various stakeholders can take immediately to prevent and disrupt violence and hold those who commit violence accountable. It proposes systemic changes as well as building new resources such as a consolidated public crime data hub; enhanced cooperation between law enforcement agencies; performance reviews of various violence prevention programs; reforms to judicial proceedings and data sharing; coordination of services and support for at-risk youth; synchronized victim communication and services; and holistic rethinking of NOPD deployment, recruiting, retention and execution strategies.
Read the full plan here.
The Council now invites public comment on the plan and asks stakeholders for their suggestions and feedback here.
The full Council will continue its work to highlight challenges, engage stakeholders, and take action to help build a safer, more just, and more peaceful New Orleans.
Media Contact:
Andrew Tuozzolo
Chief of Staff, Office of Helena Moreno
New Orleans City Council
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The City Council is comprised of five districts and Councilmembers-at-large: Council President and Councilmember-at-Large Helena Moreno; Council Vice President and Councilmember-At-Large JP Morrell; District “A” Councilmember Joseph I. Giarrusso, III; District “B” Councilmember Lesli D. Harris; District “C” Councilmember Freddie King III; District “D” Councilmember Eugene J. Greene, Jr.; and District “E” Councilmember Oliver M. Thomas, Jr.