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 through generous funding from New Orleans & Company 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 Smart cars 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 Supplemental Police Patrol Program 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 Supplemental Police Patrol Program officers have responded to over 36,000 calls, resulting in over 1,000 arrests.