Troopers will fill in for CCC police who are in Baton Rouge for training
Starting today at 6am and ending at 6am on Monday, November 19, State Police will be patrolling the Crescent City Connection in place of the CCC's regular police force.
"We're bringing all those officers to Baton Rouge for in-service training, and the troopers will be up on top the bridge," says Col. Mike Edmonson, superintendent of State Police.
The entire CCC police force is undergoing training this week to prepare for the transfer of policing services from DOTD to State Police. CCC Police will come under the administration of the Department of Public Safety, DOTD said in a news release.
"Instead of bringing a few at a time, we thought we'd bring them all together at once, and we can sit down and spend a week with them," Edmonson added.
The state police commander says the outcome of the CCC toll extension referendum that was on the Nov. 6 ballot in Orleans, Jefferson and Plaquemines parishes will not affect the transition of policing services on the bridge.
"We will take over patrolling of the bridge on Jan. 1 regardless of whether that toll passes or not," Edmonson said.
CCC Police will resume their normal bridge patrol duties on Monday, November 19.