There appears to be growing support among New Orleans city officials and the public for a permanent state police presence in the city to make it safer.

District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro has expressed support for the idea of having troopers patrol the interstates and state highways within the city limits, freeing up officers in the NOPD's traffic division to work in areas of the city where police presence is sorely needed.

District "C" City Councilmember Nadine Ramsey also supports the idea.

"If that frees up our officers to get into the field, that's certainly a viable option," Ramsey said in an interview with 99.5 WRNO.

Ramsey says residents who attended a recent town hall meeting on crime in the St. Roch neighborhood also expressed support for a permanent state police presence in the city, and some may launch a letter writing campaign in hopes of making that happen.

"Some of the groups did seem interested in forming a campaign to write a letter to the governor asking that the state troopers patrol as they do in other parishes," Ramsey said.

Cannizzaro says Orleans Parish is the only parish in the state where state police do not patrol on a regular basis.