- Associated Press - Sunday, February 21, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans police say they’re adding 54 officers to patrol duty this week to speed the department’s response to calls for help and to reduce violent crime.

It’s the first phase of a restructuring announced five weeks ago to get more officers into neighborhoods.

Superintendent Michael Harrison says in a news release that more officers will be moved to patrol when their civilian replacements are hired. He says that should happen by the end of March.

He says that in addition, 28 recruits will complete their training and begin patrols in April. They’re among 56 currently in training.

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