435 arrested, 66 guns seized during IMPD summer violence crackdown

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The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department provided an update Wednesday on its plan to stem the tide of summer violence across the city.

Months ago, the department outlined a crime prevention plan that concentrated on three areas: prevention, intervention and suppression.

Police began a covert phase of that plan that ran from April 7 to July 7. The operation resulted in 435 arrests and 976 charges, IMPD said. Cases ranged from serious, violent crimes to prostitution and public intoxication.

During the operation, police seized 66 firearms; 13 cases have been referred to the U.S. attorney for prosecution.

IMPD said Violent Crime Unit detectives worked with district officers, resource officers and community members to find crime hotspots and look for dangerous offenders. According to IMPD, those areas accounted for 11 percent of non-fatal shootings around the city and 14 percent of criminal homicides from Jan. 1, 2012 to March 30, 2013. According to the department, the effort resulted in a reduction in non-fatal gunshot incidents and criminal homicides.

In addition to violent crime, IMPD also focused on “quality of life” issues, including graffiti, abandoned homes, unsafe structures, non-working traffic lights, high weeds and trash.

IMPD identified the following number of quality of life issues:

  • Graffiti – 40
  • Houses in need of board up – 35
  • High weeds/trash (vacant) – 106
  • High weeds/trash (occupied) – 31
  • Unsafe structures – 3
  • Street lights out – 13
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