INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 16, 2014)– In an address reviewing 2013 and looking forward to the coming year, Public Safety Director Troy Riggs announced it was time to convene the type of citywide meeting about crime that Indianapolis families have everyday around their kitchen tables.
“Maybe its time for us in Indianapolis to have a family meeting. Maybe we need to have an honest meeting, take the politics out of it. Lets talk about what we’re dealing with in our community.”
Riggs said that while murder was up 30% last year, shootings were down five percent and property crimes were down six percent.
The director said there were 95 fatal heroin overdoses and 168 suicides.
“I believe that we need to treat every death for what it is…a tragedy. Every assault as if it were against our own family member be personally offended, and I mean personally offended, when anyone would dare commit a crime in the great city of Indianapolis.”
In event intended to highlight the public safety turnaround since he replaced former director Frank Straub, Riggs announced that the equivalent of 120 more police officers will be assigned to Indianapolis streets in 2014 and a new communications system will allow residents to track police incidents in their neighborhoods and reach out to officers to solve crime in their communities.
“We’re seeing people wanting to volunteer and wanting to help that I have not seen in 15 years I’ve been doing this,” said Rev. Charles Harrison whose Ten Point Coalition walks city neighborhoods wracked by crime. “I think people are energized right now.”
Last week IMPD narcotics detectives wrapped up a year-long investigation by conducting raids on five different homes on the city’s north and west sides.
At 3832 North Graceland Avenue 24 people were arrested in what the community identified as a known drug house.
“We’re going after the support players,” said Metro Police Chief Rick Hite. “Those people who aid and abet and assist who think they’re innocent, who stand by watching while illegal things happen to people or heinous crimes are committed. You’re either part of the problem or part of the solution.”