INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- It’s become a violent tradition: when the weather heats up, so does the violent crime rate in Indianapolis.
That’s why on Thursday, Indianapolis' mayor and police chief pledged to be more aggressive fighting crime.
Unlike in years past, city leaders say this is not just a summertime plan, but one that will last for the rest of the year.
The goal is to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself. 2015 marked a deadly summer all over Indianapolis.
Starting in June, the violence erupted and ended with 144 murders on the year. More than 100 of those murders took place in just the last 7 months.
“What we saw was the last 7 months of 2015 was most violent in history of Indianapolis. 103 people lost lives on streets of Indianapolis,” said IMPD chief Troy Riggs.
Chief Riggs, flanked by his command staff and the mayor, says his goal is to avoid a repeat of that violence.
First the department plans to continue to expand the use of police beats and community involvement.
“Our beat officers are getting a goal to meet with every business owner and school on their beat by the end of the year,” said Riggs.
Another focus will be busting drug dealers and taking illegal guns off the streets.
This week, IMPD announced they arrested Brandon Day, seizing stolen weapons, meth, heroine and cash.
Police pledge to make those sorts of arrests more common.
”Our goal is reduce crime and the fear of crime and these operations are an important step,” said Riggs.
Mayor Joe Hogsett says unlike past summers, the increased summer policing this year will not stop when the weather cools down, but will continue for the rest of the year.
“We must be vigilant and fight against those who terrorize our neighbors. We are all in this together,” said Hogsett.
So far this year, we have seen more murders than we did last year at this time, but it was the summer time violence last year that really sent those crime numbers soaring.