New Orleans to see influx of federal officers to fight crime surge.

Image: SGVN/Staff Photo by Raul Roa/SVCity A few dozen federal…

Image: SGVN/Staff Photo by Raul Roa/SVCity

A few dozen federal law enforcement agents will be deployed to New Orleans’ streets in the coming weeks to help the city’s police department crack down on violent crime. Federal and local officials are still working on finalizing the program, and details on the troop surge are scarce.

The initiative comes from the highest reaches of federal law enforcement; it is the fruit of conversations between Mayor Mitch Landrieu and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

The effort appears to be spearheaded by the local office of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, better known as ATF, which has for years worked with the New Orleans Police Department on larger-scale gun and gang crimes.

Source: Brendan McCarthy for The Times-Picayune.

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