IMPD bracing for fights, shootings another warm weekend could bring

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 22, 2016) -- IMPD officials are hoping the warm weekend ahead isn’t as deadly as the last.

Six people were killed and several others hurt after twelve separate shootings between Friday evening and Monday morning.

IMPD officials are once again bracing for more days of increased calls, as they do anytime it’s warm outside.

“IMPD, we’re always properly staffed for whatever we expect to occur in the city,” said IMPD Public Information Officer Catherine Cummings.

On nice weekends like the one ahead, what Catherine Cummings says IMPD expects are more thefts, fights and shootings to respond to.

“You just have more people out and about,” said Cummings. “More things happen.”

IMPD wants to turn things around by putting more officers on the streets.

Friday, IMPD graduated 65 officers, who will provide the manpower the department needs to change its policing strategy.

“We hope that this is going to allow us to go back to a more beat style policing, where our officers can get out and actually engage with the public,” said Cummings. “Citizens of Indianapolis are going to be able to put a name with the face of the officers who patrol their areas.”

But that’s part of a long-term plan to reduce gun violence in the city. In the short term, Cummings says, it’s business as usual.

They’re prepared to patrol all districts, respond to calls and help handle big crowds at the many downtown events planned for the weekend.

“Whatever the weather, we hope that people find better ways to resolve their conflicts than to pick up a gun,” said Cummings.

Cummings says in last weekend’s shootings, the victims knew their shooters. Most of the killings stemmed from domestic violence issues or disputes over property.

Those are social issues Cummings believes could take some time to fix.

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