NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - Thirty-four men and women wanted for murder, armed robbery and sexual assault are on this year's Mardi Gras round-up list of fugitives, and although 15 of the initial 34 criminals were arrested, the threat is ever present.
"The first thing we tell you is not to approach them. We never know if someone could be armed and dangerous," says Darlene Cusanza with Crimestoppers.
State and local officials announced a public safety plan for Mardi Gras, the NBA All-Star game and other big events, including 173 additional uniformed officers for NBA All Stars and 165 additional officers for Mardi Gras.
Add to that 29 new NOPD recruits who have undergone extensive training for eight hours a day for the past six months.
"Whenever we graduate a recruit class, that's extra boots on the ground and yes, they're ready for Mardi Gras, they're going through their field of training program and there will be extra individuals on the streets," says Nicholas Gernon with the New Orleans Police Department.
The current goal is to round up those 19 most wanted individuals before this year's schedule of parades rolls for Mardi Gras.
Crimestoppers wants to remind you your tips are completely anonymous.
You could earn up to one thousand dollars for information that leads to an arrest.
Click here for a full list of this year's Mardi Gras fugitives.