Day after DPS releases its plan to help you feel safe at home, state senators set to reveal theirs

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By Lindy Thackston

INDIANAPOLIS (January 14, 2015) - One day after the Department of Public Safety announced its plan help you feel safe in your city, Central Indiana State Senators will introduce their own ideas.

The crime reduction plan will be released Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Fallen Officers Memorial outside the Indiana Statehouse. The lawmakers will unveil the legislative package they intend to author in the General Assembly’s 2015 session.

The lawmakers set to be there are State Sen. Michael Crider (R-Greenfield), State Sen. Patricia Miller (R-Indianapolis), State Sen. Scott Schneider (R-Indianapolis), State Sen. Brent Waltz (R-Greenwood) and State Sen. R. Michael Young (R-Indianapolis).

Meanwhile, city officials are asking residents to hold them accountable when it comes to reducing violent crime and feeling safe. The Indianapolis Department of Public Safety released a list of goals related to six high crime areas in Indianapolis on Tuesday.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department set goals of reducing violent crime by 5 percent and reducing the perception of crime by 20 percent.

“What we’ll see is that as crime goes down perception of crime will be lowered as well but perception of crime will also be lowered when individuals work with their police department, understand what’s going on, work with the Department of Public Safety and they’re involved in the solution,” said Troy Riggs, director for the Department of Public Safety.

Riggs said the goals are part of a holistic approach to reducing crime. Another area that’s being addressed is re-entry. The city plans to reach out to 100 ex-convicts who are most at risk of re-offending. The Mayor’s Office of Re-entry will stay in touch with those offenders to provide services and support.

“We've always set targets for ourselves it’s just that we’re inviting the media and everyone in for the first time to have a conversation with us about our crime strategy,” said Police Chief Rick Hite.

Other objectives include reducing the number of structure fires and overdose deaths in the city.

DPS also formed committees to deal with vacant houses, mental illness and youth. The Department of Code Enforcement is currently compiling a database with detailed information about abandoned homes. Code enforcement personnel plan to do a sweep to look for violations in hot spot areas.

A complete list of the 2015 focus area goals and objectives is available by clicking here. Director Riggs said his department will post monthly updates online.

The six target areas are identified by the intersections of West 16th Street and North Tibbs Avenue, West 29th Street and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, West 34th Street and North Illinois Street, East 38th Street and North Sherman Drive, East New York Street and North Sherman Drive, and East 42nd Street and North Post Road.