NEW ORLEANS (WAFB) - The tourism industry is going to help pay to keep state troopers on the streets of New Orleans for the next few months.
Tourism leaders announced today that state police will bill the industry directly for the costs of patrolling the city through the month of May.
"On behalf of the convention and visitors bureau, the industry has guaranteed 2.5 million dollars to help pay for state police overtime so they can do the most effective deployment here," says Stephen Perry, President and CEO of the New Orleans Conventions and Visitors Bureau.
The hotel industry has also pledged to donate rooms to the state troopers so they have a place to stay while they are here.
About 150 troopers are expected to help with security.