According to a press release from the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office, 1,681 people were arrested in New Orleans between Friday, Jan. 25 and the end of Tuesday, Feb. 12, including 289 arrests during Super Bowl weekend. The Advocate reports 879 Carnival season arrest actions — a number that includes suspects who received summonses rather than being taken into custody — in the New Orleans Police Department's Eighth District, which covers the French Quarter and the Central Business District. That compares to 1,056 Eighth District arrests last year.
According to Lindsay Meaux, a spokesperson for the Sheriff's Office, the numbers released today represent only people who were arrested and brought into custody.
Average daily arrests over the season (Jan. 25-Feb. 12), based on OPSO's numbers:
88.47 per day overall.
72.25 per day during Super Bowl festivities.
92.8 per day for the Carnival season not including Super Bowl days.
The Metropolitan Crime Commission reported in May that 33,117 people were arrested in all of 2011. That works out to an average of about 90.7 per day.
(Read the press release after the jump)
OPSO: 1,681 Arrests Made During Mardi Gras 2013
NEW ORLEANS — Feb. 14, 2013 — Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman today announced there were 1,681 arrests during the 2013 Mardi Gras season, beginning on the first day of parades Jan. 25 and ending Mardi Gras Day on Feb. 12. Of the arrests, 789 were made on state charges, 695 on municipal and 197 on traffic violations.
Included in the number of arrests made during the 2013 Mardi Gras season were 289 arrests made during the weekend of Super Bowl XLVII, between Feb. 1 and Feb. 4.
The Sheriff’s Office also operated the Mobile Communications Unit and Mardi Gras alternate Intake and Processing Compound, processing a combined total of 17 arrests during Mardi Gras and Super Bowl weekends. This included three during Super Bowl weekend and 14 during Mardi Gras festivities. Known as the Booking Bus, this has been used by the OPSO to assist the New Orleans Police Department for eight years.
“The Sheriff’s Office worked diligently and efficiently this year to assist in the massive public safety effort during the back-to-back celebrations of the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras,” said Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman. “Deputies and other law enforcement officers were able to respond and process arrests quickly, which meant an enjoyable and safe celebration for locals and visitors alike.”
Charges ranged from the more typical Mardi Gras violations, such as lewd conduct, public drunkenness, disturbing the peace and other municipal charges, to more serious violations, including state charges like drug arrests and violent crimes.
Additionally, the Sheriff’s Office provided for crowd control and security at Gallier Hall, and the Sheriff’s Mounted Division and patrol units provided an escort for many parades. The Sheriff’s Office also worked in a variety of capacities during Super Bowl week.