Public Safety

Like most of the country, New Orleans saw a dramatic uptick in crime during the COVID-19 pandemic. Violence increased while staffing shortages led to reductions in public safety and law enforcement personnel. Resource diversions stalled necessary equipment maintenance and infrastructure improvements.

Investment

The Administration recognizes that maintaining public safety is critical to the overall well-being of the New Orleans community and has allocated the largest investment of ARPA funds towards this goal. The funding will support increased staffing levels through active recruitment and retention efforts, as well as upgraded public safety facilities and equipment, enabling first responders to carry out their duties effectively and efficiently. These initiatives will be complemented by several others in areas such as public health, youth services, and technology.

Public Safety Funds

Public Safety Projects by Fund

FD Rescue Equipment Fund
Fund Amount: $125,000

Projects in this fund:

Rescue Equipment

Funding supports six additional "jaws of life" rescue tools to equip the NOFD ladder trucks, as well as four SuperVac batter operated smoke ejector fans to allow Resue Units to help clear smoke buildings.

DepartmentNOFD
Participating OrganizationMES Equipment & Casco Industries
Project StatusMonitoring
Project ManagerAmy Menelle

Fire Station Alerting System Fund
Fund Amount: $2,500,000

Projects in this fund:

Fire Station Alerting System (FSAS) Project

Creation of a city-wide and comprehensive fire station alerting system to replace the existing system at approximately 34 fire department facilities, offering pre-alert and dispatch capabilities, audio and visual alerts, administrative features, and alternative forms of monitoring.

DepartmentOPCD
Participating OrganizationMotorola
Project StatusMonitoring
Project ManagerAmy Menelle

Firearm Safety Campaign Fund
Fund Amount: $20,000

Projects in this fund:

Firearm Safety Campaign

Funding will provide a gun safety campaign aimed at promoting safe storage practices for gun owners, including the purchase of gun locks and formation of partnerships with public community groups, private entities, researchers, and existing gun safety campaigns to distribute locks, track distribution and outcomes, and promote safe storage.

DepartmentNOHD
Project StatusMonitoring
Project ManagerAll

Project Highlight: Firearm Safety Campaign

Project Status: Complete

The City of New Orleans Health Department has partnered with Children’s Hospital New Orleans and the Be SMART campaign to distribute locking gun storage at distribution events around the city. ARPA funds have been used to purchase more than 300 safes for participating residents, in a campaign focused on promoting safe storage practices for gun owners. The goal of this partnership is to reduce unsafe storage of guns which in turn will reduce accidental shootings, suicides and the number of guns stolen from homes and cars. These events began in the summer of 2023 and will continue through to the spring and the City plans to track distribution and outcomes.

  • Firearms are the leading cause of death for American children and teens.
  • 4.6M children live in households with at least one unsecured gun.
  • In 2023 there were at least 128 unintentional shootings by children, resulting in 54 deaths and 77 injuries nationally.

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A Children’s Hospital employee demonstrating the operation of the safe.

Grounds Patrol Expansion Fund
Fund Amount: $1,925,000

Projects in this fund:

Grounds Patrol Expansion

Addresses quality of life issues, street closures, Royal Street Pedestrian Mall and increases visibility by hiring French Quarter Grounds Patrol Lieutenant to oversee FQ deployment

DepartmentOPSSS
Project StatusMonitoring
Project ManagerAndrew Sensi

Gun Safety Campaign Fund
Fund Amount: $300,000

Projects in this fund:

Gun Safety Program

Funding supports purchase of handgun lockboxes, secure storage, and a gun safety campaign. This funding is an expansion of the ($2K) in funds provided from Tranche 2A of ARPA to provide handgun safes.

DepartmentNOHD
Participating OrganizationCHNO
Project StatusExecution
Project ManagerAmy Menelle

Justice Tech Modernization Project Fund
Fund Amount: $30,000,000

Projects in this fund:

Justice Tech Modernization Project

Funding will replace outdated criminal justice software and create a hybrid cloud infrastructure to equip professionals with accurate and timely information to fulfill their respective missions. Upgrades to technology will provide policymakers with data to effectively plan, prioritize, and evaluate the impact of resources and allow case parties and the public at large to meaningfully interact with the justice system.

DepartmentCAO
Project StatusMonitoring
Project ManagerAll

Mounted & K9 Unit Support Fund
Fund Amount: $1,500,000

Projects in this fund:

Mounted and Canine Unit Support

Funding supports procurement of new horse trailers, dogs, kennels, and a hot walker for the NOPD's K9 & Mounted units.

DepartmentCAO
Participating OrganizationMultiple
Project StatusMonitoring
Project ManagerAmy Menelle

NOEMS Equipment Fund
Fund Amount: $1,800,000

Projects in this fund:

CBRNE Supply Refresh

Replace aging department supplies used in CBRNE response such as chemical antidote kits, emergency response PPE, and other medications.

DepartmentNOEMS
Project StatusMonitoring
Project ManagerAndrew Sensi

Emergency Operations Center

Upgrade and expand technology and infrastructure in the department EOC and watch supervisor office to enable better centralized operational command/control of large incidents/disasters/and special events.

DepartmentNOEMS
Project StatusMonitoring
Project ManagerAndrew Sensi

Field Computer Upgrades

This project will update all field computers used to document patient care and other required activities in the field. This includes replacing the aging field toughbook inventory with new equipment including required maintenance/service and connectivity. This project does not include any vehicle mounted equipment.

DepartmentNOEMS
Project StatusMonitoring
Project ManagerAndrew Sensi

Med Surge Equipment

The Department needs to update and upgrade patient care medical equipment used in single and multi-patient emergency response. This includes equipment with a long life span and no disposable equipment.

DepartmentNOEMS
Project StatusMonitoring
Project ManagerAndrew Sensi

PPE Refresh

Replacement of department PPE equipment such as rescue clothing including helmets, bunker gear, ballistic gear, and other wearable items used in emergency response.

DepartmentNOEMS
Project StatusMonitoring
Project ManagerAndrew Sensi

Technology Updates

To expand and update existing office technology such as to office communications, business systems, it/computers, and other infrastructure. This does not include any field technology used in vehicles or patient care.

DepartmentNOEMS
Project StatusMonitoring
Project ManagerAndrew Sensi

Training/Education Equipment

Funding to support advanced real world/life like simulation and teaching systems/equipment to provide cutting edge basic and advanced life support emergency medical care to our patients as well as expand our outreach to teach the community at large life saving care such as cpr and bleeding control.

DepartmentNOEMS
Project StatusMonitoring
Project ManagerAndrew Sensi

Update Rescue Tools

Update department rescue tools.

DepartmentNOEMS
Project StatusMonitoring
Project ManagerAndrew Sensi

Outfitting Central Evidence and Property Section Fund
Fund Amount: $143,900

Projects in this fund:

NOPD Ops - Central Evidence & Property

Outfitting Central Evidence ($2K)-Maximize storage space efficiency by purchasing more equipment and utilizing new technology.

DepartmentNOPD
Participating OrganizationTBD
Project StatusPlanning
Project ManagerAmy Menelle

Outfitting Crime Lab Fund
Fund Amount: $1,500,000

Projects in this fund:

NOPD Ops - Crime Lab

Outfitting Crime Lab ($1.5M)-Reduce response times and equip laboratory with the technology to be paperless.

DepartmentNOPD
Participating OrganizationTBD
Project StatusPlanning
Project ManagerAmy Menelle

Outfitting NOPD Training Academy Fund
Fund Amount: $1,500,000

Projects in this fund:

NOPD Ops - Outfitting Training Academy

Outfitting Training Academy ($1.5M)-Purchase/upgrade technology & equipment to support recruitment program.

DepartmentNOPD
Participating OrganizationTBD
Project StatusPlanning
Project ManagerAmy Menelle

Public Safety Radio Accessories Fund
Fund Amount: $350,000

Projects in this fund:

Public Safety Radio Accessories

Funding will purchase 3 new radios for New Orleans EMS and a stock of radio accessories and parts to replace aging equipment.

DepartmentOPSSS
Project StatusMonitoring
Project ManagerMichal Mackie

Public Safety Vehicles Fund
Fund Amount: $15,000,000

Projects in this fund:

CAO Public Safety Vehicles

Funding will support the replacement of public safety fleet at end of life due to increase in use in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

DepartmentCAO
Project StatusClosing
Project ManagerAll

Project Highlight: Public Safety Vehicles

Project Status: Ongoing

The city of New Orleans is using $15 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to purchase new public safety vehicles. The funding will purchase 49 Dodge Charger Pursuits and 29 Ford Police Interceptors for the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD), 22 ambulances for the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) department, and smaller purchases for agencies ranging from the Orleans Parish Coroner's Office to the New Orleans Fire Department. The new vehicles will replace aging and outdated vehicles that are currently in use by these agencies. The NOPD has not purchased new police cars in over 10 years, and the EMS department has not purchased new ambulances in over 5 years. The new vehicles will help to improve the safety and efficiency of these agencies and will allow them to better serve the citizens of New Orleans.

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Recruitment & Retention of Public Safety Personnel Fund
Fund Amount: $32,500,000

Projects in this fund:

Recruitment & Retention of Public Safety Personnel

Funding will ensure the continued deployment of a well-staffed, well-trained, and well-equipped police force and provide retention payments for public safety personnel.

Department
Project StatusMonitoring
Project ManagerAll