New Orleans to use civilians as crime-scene ‘detectives’ as slayings spike

New Orleans is taking desperate measures to combat its soaring slay rate amid a severe police staffing shortage. Civilians will replace at least some cops currently on administrative duty. New Orleans recently passed St. Louis as the nation’s murder capital, with a 78% spike in homicides this year as of Sept. 11 and a 121% jump in homicides over 2019. The department, which lost 150 cops from its ranks last year, is urging past police applicants who were rejected to give it another try.

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