The murder rate in New Orleans has increased by 141% in recent years, surpassing St. Louis as the murder capital of the United States. As of September 11, there were 52 murders per 100,000 citizens, according to data from the Metropolitan Crime Commission, an institution that tracks crime statistics.
Data from the St. Louis Police Department shows there were roughly 45 killings per 100,000 people in the city as of September 17. In contrast, there have been nearly 18 murders per 100,000 people in Chicago and 3.5 in New York City.
The New York Post reports that there have been 205 homicides in New Orleans since the beginning of 2022 through September 11, representing a 141% increase in homicides compared to 2019 and 78% compared to 2021. Additionally, the number of gunshots in New Orleans increased by 100% in 2022 compared to 2019.
On September 8, New Orleans officials unveiled an $80 million proposal to improve police officer pay, provide free healthcare, and enhance hiring incentives for new officers. The city also recently hired consultant Fausto Pichardo, former leader of the NYPD patrol division, to examine how the department can more effectively battle crime.
In his initial statement, Pichardo urged the police force, “Action must be taken NOW if there is ever a chance to save the city and bring the reputation of being a city where tourists can come to party and celebrate and not become victims.” Notably, Pichardo suggested the immediate redeployment of 212 officers to patrol duty.