Can a troop surge save the city?

No, not Baghdad, New Orleans (via Stratfor):

Although the 165 homicides logged by the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) in 2006 marked a 60-year low (a reduction of 100 homicides from 2004), the New Orleans’ population dropped by about half following Hurricane Katrina, to an average estimate of about 235,000. The homicide rate per capita exceeded crime-ridden Detroit’s in 2006 after running behind that city in 2004…Because tourism is a vital component of the New Orleans economy, the crime problem must be addressed if the city is to fully recover from Katrina.

Nagin and Police Superintendent Warren Riley on Jan. 9 announced new measures designed to reduce crime, including increasing the number of drug and alcohol checkpoints between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. The plan also calls for addressing New Orleans’s judicial system, which has been largely ineffective in prosecuting violent crime….The NOPD, which had 1,700 officers before Katrina, has approximately 1,400 officers now, though about 100 are on medical leave for injuries or illness. To address the shortfall, authorities brought in about 300 National Guard troops and 60 Louisiana state troopers in June 2006. Nagin’s plan also calls for bringing in deputies from the Orleans Parish sheriff’s office to perform some the NOPD’s administrative functions in order to free up more officers for patrolling.

The murder rate has declined since New Orleans added more officers — though the move might have come too late.

“the move might have come too late” — where have we heard that before?

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