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ORLEANS PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE UPDATE REGARDING POST HURRICANE IDA SAFETY PRECAUTIONS AND ARRESTS

NEW ORLEANS - 09-03-2021

Following is a statement from Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman regarding arrests and public safety efforts following Hurricane Ida:

TODAY'S UPDATE (9/3/2021):

"Since 12 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28, the day before Hurricane Ida made landfall, the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office has had 102 intakes, 50 looting charges, 18 domestic violence charges, and 5 curfew violation charges. The courts have made 45 releases and we currently have 88 inmates in custody.

In addition to patrols, we are also fulfilling calls for service such as security detail, traffic control and other needs.

We have provided meals to RTA workers and the Public Works Department as well as essential supplies like ice and water to those in need. We are assisting where we are needed most to help our community through this challenging time."

ADDITIONAL POST HURRICANE IDA SAFETY UPDATES:

"We are continuously working with New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) and National Guard to dispatch deputies into the community to patrol all of Orleans Parish as a part of a unified effort for public safety.

If you witness a crime, please call 9-1-1 for emergencies and 3-1-1 (504-658-2299) for non-emergencies.

We have had deputies and staff on duty at all times patrolling the streets, staffing our facilities and monitoring the courts. 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, we were able to evacuate approximately 835 inmates successfully. Until conditions in the City of New Orleans have improved, roadways are cleared, and we are able to properly manage the care of inmates within our own facilities, these individuals will remain in various State Department of Public Safety & Corrections facilities. We will inform the public once this transfer takes place.

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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