Big picture: Plummeting arrests for DWI, curfew violations depict deflated New Orleans police force

No one thinks New Orleans teens have suddenly become homebodies.

Yet reported incidents of curfew violations are down a whopping 79 percent in less than five years.

Drunken driving may be on the wane, as national highway fatality figures suggest but nothing like the 39 percent slide in reported DWI incidents in the Big Easy.

And on down the line: Suspicious persons incidents are down 63 percent; illegal gun incidents, off 30 percent; drug incidents, down 20 percent.

What these crimes have in common is that they tend to come to light when cops on the beat are more vigilant. Murders happen on their own; curfew violations arise when an officer s