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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - The New Orleans Police Department is making it their mission to fight those dwindling numbers and get more police officers on the streets.

In their latest push, they visited over a dozen churches, possibly looking for some divine intervention.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Interim Police Chief, Michael Harrison went to The City of Love Church to spread the message that they need more officers.

“If you have it in you to do something great then we want you to get behind the badge,”  Harrison said.

It’s know the NOPD has struggled with keeping officers and hiring new ones.  That’s something they are hoping to change.

“What we are trying to do is find 150 people from New Orleans to learn how to protect and serve our community.  The money is in our budget to hire these officers.  Our number one priority is to ensure every neighborhood is safe,”  Mayor Landrieu said.

“We will agressively hire police officers everyday until 1600 officers are met,”  Harrison said.

The City of Love Church is the church in which Chief Harrison attends.  His friends are excited to have him lead the NOPD.

Mayor Landrieu said that he prayed to find someone to lead the NOPD.  He firmly believes that Harrison is the best one for the “top cop” job.

“I can tell the people of New Orleans are very happy,”  he said.

Ultimately, what will make the Mayor and the NOPD and citizens happy is getting more police officers.

“We have to make sure we have more man-power on the streets,”  Mayor Landrieu said.

The NOPD in collaboration with the Justice Foundation launched an active recruitment campaign called, “Get Behind the Badge” in 2013.  If you are interested in applying: http://www.joinnopd.org

NOPD offers a rewarding career path and a competitive salary and benefits package.