"The 5th District consists of six square miles and was home to about 88,000 people, many of them from low-income families that have lived there for generations."
CITY NEEDS POLICE STATIONS BACK
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Our 5th District New Orleans police officers are presently working out of trailers with limited resources and technology (as are the 3rd and 7th district officers and the crime lab). It is imperative that the bureaucracy that has limited the move back to a building needs to be held accountable.
Whatever the reasons for holding up the renovations, they are unacceptable to citizens who depend upon the police for our safety and well-being.
We understand that our officers are doing the best they can with the resources they have, but the reality is that we cannot fully address crime prevention if the police don’t have adequate shelter and resources.
If we are committed to decreasing crime in the city, the city leadership must make the renovations of the district command buildings a priority.
We value our 5th District officers too much to let this issue go on any longer. We expect a realistic plan and timeline for these police officers to get back into their building ASAP.
Kerrie Ramsdell Chairwoman Marigny Crime Prevention Committee New Orleans
The New Orleans Police Department's 5th District is bordered by the Mississippi River on the south, Gentilly Blvd. on the north, Elysian Fields Ave. / St. Bernard Ave. on the west and the Orleans Parish / St. Bernard Parish Line on the east. The neighborhoods of the Fifth District consist of Fauborg Marigny, Bywater, Holy Cross, Gentilly, the 8th Ward, the Ninth Ward and the Desire and Florida public housing developments.
"Sadly, the dominating legacy of the Lower Ninth Ward (part of the 5th district) in recent decades is crime, specifically homicide. "
From January of 2007 to June 22 2007 there have been 21 documented murders in the 5th District. I believe the number is up around 23 as of this posting. I am waiting for official verification. Even so - 21 murders. Can you imagine the stress levels for the 5th district police officers? Now add in the armed robberies, robberies, rapes, domestic abuse incidents, natural death and other emergencies these officers have been dealing with since Katrina.
--Martin Luther King, Jr., 27 January 1965