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INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 8, 2015) – Mayor Greg Ballard and the leadership of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department announced Thursday that 115 new police officers will be recruited and hired in 2015.

That’s 25 more officers than originally expected.

Ballard and Public Safety Director Troy Riggs said smart, efficient budgeting led to the expanded recruiting class. Ballard credited the City-County Council and the Department of Public Safety for making it work.

“The men and women of IMPD are doing great work, but frankly they need more help,” Ballard said.

The new officers will join the 80 recruits added in 2014.

“This is two years of hard work,” said Riggs.

According to Riggs, the department looked at ways to be more effective and efficient. He said they examined the allocation of resources before asking for more officers.

“It is extremely important to give our officers some relief,” Riggs said. “A lot of work has gone into today.”

“We are blessed to be able to stand here today,” said IMPD Chief Rick Hite.

The 115 recruits will be divided between two classes that are tentatively scheduled to begin in May and October.

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