INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A group of police officers will focus on targeted areas to combat crime. Indianapolis Metropolitan police will redeploy 27 officers from the Homeland Security Division Traffic Branch. These motorcycle officers will be assigned to designated hotspots throughout the city.
Chief Rick Hite said the officers will make traffic stops focusing on people, places and activities contributing to crime. The announcement comes after the city saw nine shootings where four people were killed, all during a 24-hour period.
“They’ve been out there quietly but we’re announcing that they’ll be assisting us. The traffic officers will be in those targeted hotspots for that purpose, to identify persons who are driving illegally and who may have illegal contraband in their vehicle,” said Hite.
The police department is also using additional overtime resources to shift officers into problem areas.
According to Hite, 73 percent of the homicides involve people who know each other. He said a small group of individuals causes most of the trouble.
“So we’re not talking about a large group of people, we’re talking about a small group of people who commit the same crimes over and over again. What we’re also seeing is they’re now taking young people and bringing them into the game and that’s a challenge for us. That’s a problem,” said Hite.