Mid City Security District Receives Rave Reviews

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MCSDThe Mid-City Security District is receiving rave reviews.

WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter has a progress report, and how the success of the Mid-City police patrols is drawing interest from other neighborhood watch programs.

“This is a great neighborhood, this is a great neighborhood,” neighbor Dominic Tardo said. “We got a lot of complaints around here; a lot of people who hate and discriminate.”

Dominic Tardo is defending his neighbor; the man accused of blasting his music, disturbing the peace, and giving officer Kenny Gill reason to issue a warning.

“Thank you very much,” the accused is heard saying off camera. “It won’t happen again officer.” “Alright,” Gill responded.

Kenny Gill is among dozens of officers with the New Orleans Police Department working with the Mid-City Security District.

The unit has been providing extra officers in Mid-City since 2010.

A progress report from neighbors is that the effort has been highly successful, in more ways than one.

“Hi y’all doing? Hello,” Gill said. “It’s hot I might need to get some of that water.”

“Can you wet me up? It’s hot! Okay,” a neighbor jokingly responded.”

“When you put five extra police officers and five extra vehicles, response times go down because you got officers who are going to get to the scene a little quicker than normal,” New Orleans Police Sergeant Samuel Palumbo said.

“Alright, have a good day,” Gill said.

Because officers are now patrolling in new, high profile vehicles that are fully outfitted with newly designed decals, visibility has increased; which helps deter crime.

And officers don’t always stay behind the wheel.

They regularly meet face to face with the people they protect and serve.

“I see they’re getting back into that more and more,” neighbor Charles Williams said.

Neighbors say the one on one interaction gives them an added sense of security.

“In other words, they’re watching the neighborhood, who’s in and who’s out and a lot of them I know they’re familiar with the people who stay around here,” neighbor Neomie Woodard said.

Mid-City residents voted in favor of increased taxes to pay for extra patrols years ago.

Given the success of the security district, we’re told; other neighborhoods are now considering making the same kind of investment.


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  • CommonTater

    First, MCSD is not paid for through taxes; it's a mandatory parcel fee. Second, is anyone claiming MCSD has lowered the crime rate in Mid-City, compared with city-wide trends? If so, where are the stats? (Because it's impossible to tell from looking at CrimeMapping.com) And is the reduction in total crimes worth the hundreds of thousands citizens are paying? Or is the service really more about "peace of mind"?

    • Dev

      Those are reasonable questions and I think everyone on both sides would like to see some numbers.

      That said, it is my understanding that the people of Mid-City voted MCSD into existence, so you can blame them for the tax/fee or whatever you want to call it. The potential to be outvoted by your neighbors exists in any organized community and you're a little late to be campaigning against it.

      But if you feel that funds are not properly managed and appropriated correctly, then show up at the scheduled meetings and inquire. Personally, I like the concept of a 24 Hr security patrol, but I also feel that residents should have some influence in it's day to day operations.

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