The French Quarter Task Force proactively patrols the streets of the French Quarter to help the New Orleans Police Department deter crime. It uses a mobile application that allows businesses, residents, visitors, and employees to easily report crimes in progress.
The French Quarter Management District provides patrols for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through generous funding from the Convention and Visitors Bureau via the New Orleans hotel self-assessment tax. This funding began in June 2015 and is currently authorized by a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement that was executed in July 2017.
Up to three off-duty New Orleans police officers use Polaris all-terrain vehicles to navigate the French Quarter effectively. While officers use iPads to quickly respond to any submissions from the mobile application, most of the activity of the French Quarter Task Force is self-initiated by officers.
The initial pilot program and mobile application development was funded by Sidney Torres IV and began on March 25, 2015. Since then, the application has been downloaded more than 24,000 times, and French Quarter Task Force officers have responded to over 36,000 calls, resulting in over 1,000 arrests.