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ORLEANS PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE PATROLLING AND MAKING ARRESTS FOLLOWING HURRICANE IDA

NEW ORLEANS - 09-01-2021

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

"Since 12 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28, the day before Hurricane Ida made landfall, the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office has had 55 intakes, 50 state charges, 4 municipal charges, and one traffic charge. We currently have 43 inmates in custody.

Our team and the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) have made a number of arrests for looting, domestic violence and several other common pre- and post-storm offenses that will not be tolerated.

We are continuously working with NOPD to dispatch deputies into the community to patrol all of Orleans Parish as a part of a unified effort for public safety. While phone service may be down, 9-1-1 emergency services have been fully restored. If able, 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. To relieve the staff that has been working at the Department of Corrections since Saturday and allow them to reconnect with their families and secure their homes, we are bringing in back-up deputies to take over. We are working as a team 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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