INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – IMPD Chief Troy Riggs is explaining some of the changes the department’s made this year to our neighbors to the south.
Officials with the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department are in Indianapolis on Tuesday and Wednesday to learn about new policing strategies and the Ten Point Coalition.
Riggs originally hails from Louisville, a city seeing a spike in homicides. Police there are now looking to Indianapolis for help.
“We’re starting to gain a leadership position nationally,” said Riggs.
Riggs explained strategic changes in the department to brass from LMPD on Tuesday afternoon at the Regional Operations Center.
“When we’re looking at crime, we’re also looking at those quality of life issues,” said Riggs.
IMPD tracks crime with respect to mental health, drug dependency levels and poverty.
The changes came over the past few months, like a night chief making command level decisions after hours, drug investigators moving operations to each district, and beat officers patrolling more than a dozen high crime areas on foot to develop relationships.
“We need to gain people’s trust day-in and day-out that’s why we’ve put more officers on the street,” said Riggs.
Still, Indianapolis sits at 119 homicides so far this year, compared to 109 at this point last year. Riggs said the pace has recently slowed.
Louisville is a smaller city than Indianapolis and is experiencing homicide numbers not seen there since the 1970s, according to LMPD.
“We had our 93rd homicide this morning, and we’re up nearly 50 percent,” said Major Eric Johnson with LMPD, “That’s a top concern for us. There’s really no stone that we won’t look under to try and find the best solution.”
Johnson said most of the ideas are big picture, but his department is interested in formally creating a group like Indy’s Ten Point Coalition. He also thinks IMPD’s new beat policing is innovative.
“We’re always open to learn new things and take those best practices back to Louisville and implement them and try to achieve the same results,” he said.
LMPD leaders are set to meet with the Ten Point Coalition on Wednesday morning at 10 a.m.