INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – A new year and a new mayor, one with a plan to make big changes during the first 100 days of his administration. On his first full day as Mayor of Indianapolis, Joe Hogsett along with members of local, state, and federal law enforcement addressed those fears.
“Indianapolis is in the midst of a public safety crisis. The crime data shows is and the fears in the community confirm it,” says Mayor Hogsett.
Hogsett unveiled a plan of action that he and his team believe can help knock the city’s crime rates down drastically.
“Federal law enforcement is all in with the goal of reducing violent crime in Indianapolis,” says U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler.
The initiative outlines five main challenges the team will take on in the next few months. The first is neighborhood policing. IMPD officers will be focusing in on the six target areas around the city, which encompass only about 13 square miles of Indianapolis. But, that is where police say 45% of the criminal homicides are happening.
“Within those areas we will assign beat officers over the next month. It is our intention that they will function fully as community police officers. Meaning they will be in those areas getting to know the community and going to the community meetings,” says IMPD Chief Troy Riggs.
Also on the list, targeting the more than 1,400 people in Indianapolis that have outstanding felony warrants and adding a new homicide response team that will help IMPD identify and prosecute the illegal activities that are leading up to these murders.
“The illegal drug transactions, the underlying gang related activity or the procurement of an illegal firearm by a felon” says Mayor Hogsett.
A new real time crime center will also be created to help police identify and address current and emerging threats. The city plans to hire a full time employee to address poverty and hunger around Indianapolis. The community outreach doesn’t stop there. The Indianapolis Fire Department will also open its doors to help the community and offer mental health services to the public, while IMPD officers will be taking additional mental health awareness training. But, Hogsett and his team cannot fix Indianapolis alone.
“Government and law enforcement alone cannot solve these problems. It is going to take all of Indianapolis,” says Mayor Hogsett.