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Republican Governor Declares State Of Emergency Over Police Officer Shortage

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Louisiana Governor Jeff Landry declared a state of emergency due to a shortage of over 1,800 law enforcement officers in the state.

Landry issued the order ahead of a special legislative session focused on strengthening criminal justice and repealing lenient policies.

As a former police officer, Landry understands the importance of law enforcement amid rising crime.

“As a former police officer and sheriff’s deputy, I understand the vital role our law enforcement officers play in our communities. Currently, our state is facing a shortage of officers, resulting in increased crime and less public safety. Today’s executive order, and the upcoming crime special session, will ensure our law enforcement officers are supported and we can begin to bring law and order back to our state,” Landry said.

The governor wants the legislature to consider measures like restricting parole eligibility and increasing penalties for carjackings.

Landry took office this year after campaigning on public safety, noting New Orleans as one of the most violent cities.

His emergency order and upcoming special session aim to fulfill promises to make Louisiana safer by supporting police and delivering justice to victims.

“This special session begins to fulfill the campaign promises we made to the people of Louisiana to make our State Safe Again. No one, regardless of their neighborhood or zip code, should feel unsafe. We all want safer communities,” Landry said. “We will defend and uplift our law enforcement officials and deliver true justice to crime victims who have been overlooked for far too long.”

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