New Orleans, Louisiana 31 DECEMBER 2020 – On Thursday, December 31st, the French Quarter Management District (FQMD) Board of Commissioners voted to approve a motion to enter into a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the City of New Orleans to allow the FQMD to continue to fund and operate the Supplemental Police Patrol Program for up to six months.
Board Chair Christian Pendleton said “The French Quarter Management District promised constituents that we would work with the City to keep the blue light patrols running, and the Board ratified that promise with this vote to approve an agreement to keep the detail officers rolling. As the French Quarter looks into 2021 and the impact of COVID-19 on hospitality revenues that have funded supplemental security, the FQMD wants to assure stakeholders that we are dedicated to exhausting our restricted funds for public safety.”
Security & Enforcement Committee Chair Matthew Emory noted the importance of partnership with the City to provide supplemental public safety saying “With respect to the extension of the existing CEA, it is not a victory by any means, rather a good first step under the current conditions. We have a lot to accomplish for the stakeholders of this District and we all remain committed to the long-term success of this initiative. The FQMD’s continuing focus will be to deal with the Administration in a spirit of collaboration to produce material results ahead of our next deadline.”
The French Quarter Management District’s Supplemental Police Patrol Program proactively patrols French Quarter streets to help the New Orleans Police Department deter crime. It uses a mobile application that allows businesses, residents, visitors, and employees to report crimes in progress easily. The French Quarter Management District provides patrols for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. While officers use iPads to quickly respond to any submissions from the French Quarter Task Force ® mobile application, most of the activity of the Supplemental Police Patrol Program is self-initiated by officers.
The FQMD Board of Commissioners represent a diverse group of stakeholders who live, work, own property and/or businesses in the French Quarter, all of which are vested in protecting and improving the vitality, security and infrastructure of this gem of a neighborhood that supports the livelihood of our region’s residents, the City and the State.
The FQMD works to:
- Improve public safety, foster quality experiences, and enhance quality of life within the District
- Improve commercial and residential vitality
- Strengthen the District as a vital component of Louisiana’s tourism industry
- Aid in the preservation of the District’s architecture, quaint charm, and tout ensemble
- Beautify the District’s appearance
If you would like more information about the French Quarter Management District’s 2019 Annual Report, please contact, Karley D. Frankic at 504-323-5801 or firstname.lastname@example.org