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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 11, 2014) - The city of Indianapolis is looking at ways to better serve the families of fallen police officers and officers who are injured on the job. City-County Councillor Vop Osili wants to make sure there's a procedure in place.

Councillor Osili  was the chairperson of an efficiency team that met to review the issue. The team, made up of other police officers and stakeholders, issued a series of recommendations.

The goal is to make sure officers are recognized for their service and sacrifice, most of all they want to make sure no one feels abandoned.  One idea is to implement a five and 10 year commitment plan for families of fallen officers and injured officers.

"Are we making sure that they have the insurance, the education all the items that the parent would have provided them had that parent still been around and even if a parent is injured, what do we do with those children if their resources and abilities are in any way curtailed," said Councillor Vop Osili.

Another suggestion will be visible to the hundreds of people who visit the City-County Building every day. The committee proposed moving a law enforcement officers memorial from the east wing to the center tower. The plaza in front of the building is set to undergo a huge overhaul, the team also wants to see a memorial included in the new plaza design.