The 2017 Carnival season is unique this year with the addition of the NBA All-Star game. Both of these highly attended events will draw large crowds in the French Quarter and around the metro area. This will increase traffic in our area, resulting in increased aggressive and impaired drivers on our roads. In an effort to ensure safety in the French Quarter and on New Orleans metro area roadways, the Louisiana State Police is partnering with the New Orleans Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, the State Fire Marshal’s Office, DOTD, and the Louisiana Alcohol and Tobacco Control throughout Carnival 2017 and the NBA All-Star game. Governor John Bel Edwards has committed approximately 165 Louisiana State Police Troopers from across the state to supplement those Troopers already working in the city. Troopers will be on assignment in the French Quarter and metro area, primarily focusing on proactive patrols, criminal investigations, crowd control and traffic control. “Our commitment to public safety in New Orleans is ongoing,” said Gov. Edwards. “Mardi Gras in itself is an exciting time to be in Louisiana, but adding in the return of the NBA All-Star Game makes it even better. Col. Edmonson and the LSP are doing a tremendous job in assisting Mayor Landrieu and NOPD secure the city, but this added presence will help protect the people in around the City of New Orleans. I am glad we are able to help, and I am looking forward to this exciting weekend in Louisiana.” “Louisiana State Police is proud and excited to once again partner with our fellow law enforcement and the City of New Orleans for NBA and Carnival 2017,” said Colonel Mike Edmonson, Louisiana State Police Superintendent. “Our primary focus during these events is protecting our citizens and tourists and ensuring that they have a memorable experience. We cannot do this alone; we rely on the public to assist law enforcement by coming forward and expressing any concerns related to criminal activity or unsafe situations. If you See Something that does not seem right, Say Something!” Please remember to utilize the “See Something, Send Something” app to report activity to the appropriate investigators. The app is found listed as See Send by My Mobile Witness, Inc. and is a nationwide suspicious activity reporting tool for citizens. Both text and/or pictures may be submitted directly to public safety personnel.