Frustration was the general message at a Central City meeting with residents and federal monitors reviewing reforms at the New Orleans Police Department. Most of the speakers say the process is too slow.

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The University of New Orleans Lakefront Campus and the campus of Benjamin Franklin High School are is under a lockdown order as police search for a car theft suspect.

New Orleans' most visited neighborhood rarely sees the type of violent crime that plagues other parts of the city. Recently, several high-profile robberies have rattled the region and led to criticism of the police department and the mayor, both of whom are rethinking safety measures.

Over the next few weeks, more and more visitors will roam the city's famous French Quarter, drinks in hand, for Mardi Gras. In less than 2 square miles, the French Quarter combines hotels, restaurants, street performers, and all-night bars with historic homes and tight-knit neighbors.

Residents and businesses in the French Quarter will be holding a rally Tuesday in Jackson Square, calling for more police protection. 

They want action by Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Councilwoman Nadine Ramsey and New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison.

Landrieu asked Governor Bobby Jindal on Friday to send troopers to support the city while it works to fill vacancies in police department ranks.

The head of state police tells Nola.com/The Times-Picayune that option would leave other parts of the state short-handed.

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An exhibit opening Saturday features the repurposing of guns into art. It’s also a fundraiser for police to buy back guns and get them off the streets.

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After seven years without a raise, New Orleans police officers should be given a 20 percent across-the-board pay hike, according to a staff recommendation to the Civil Service Commission. The staff report was seven months in the making.  

The Lens reports that New Orleans Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux sees a big flaw in the analysis — it doesn’t factor in pension costs.

Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Jerry Larpenter says a 14-year-old boy was brandishing a BB gun made to look like a semi-automatic pistol when he was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy.

Relatives of other teens who were there say that's not true.

Larpenter told The Courier he believes Cameron Tillman thought he was opening the door to a buddy Tuesday evening.

Larpenter says deputies were called to a vacant house by a neighbor who said men with guns had gone in.

A Gretna police officer is recovering from injuries sustained in a shooting during an apparent drug deal that a task force was trying to thwart.

Two suspects were also shot.

Gretna Deputy Police Chief Anthony Christiana tells WWL-TV that members of a West Bank task force were trying to intercept an alleged heroin deal at a strip mall around 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Christiana says an officer was shot in the arm and abdomen. Christiana credits a military-style armored vest with aiding the officer from more serious injury.

New Orleans is beginning another round of recruiting police officers. Officials are hoping the efforts will bring the ranks up from under 1,200 to 1,600.

Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas and Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced the next recruitment drive will be aimed at military veterans and faith-based groups.

Serpas says the department has the funding and will search nationwide for new recruits.

Sheriff's detectives have charged two men with shooting out windows of at least 166 vehicles in Jefferson Parish.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand says detectives on Tuesday arrested 19-year-old Christopher Flanagan and 20-year-old Dacotah Hamilton, both of Marrero, charging them with 42 counts of misdemeanor and felony criminal damage.

It's not clear if either man has a lawyer.