IMPD Chief Troy Riggs discusses massive Indy crime sweep on FOX59

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.-- IMPD Chief Troy Riggs stopped by the FOX59 Red Couch today to talk about the week-long sweeps conducted across Indianapolis that resulted in nearly 200 arrests and the seizure of drugs.

Read more about the sweeps here.

Riggs stressed the plan was due in part to the help of people in the community coming forward with tips.

"When I started in January, we'd get tips occasionally. Now, we're getting tips almost daily," he said. "These are targeted sweeps. We're not just going in, stopping and arresting people. We're going after specific individuals."

He also discusses a disturbing threat directed at him on Facebook during a live broadcast of the press conference.

The post said, "You ARE going away, you're going to die pig."

Riggs said his officers deal with things like that every day.

"Am I going to change the way I operate? Absolutely not," he said. "I'm not going to be afraid or have someone intimidate me. We have a job to do, and our job is to make sure we reduce crime and reduce the fear of crime in this great city."

When asked if he had a reply to the person who posted the message, Riggs said, "He knows where I am. He can come and we can sit down and talk any day. My door is open if he has issues with me personally or with the police department, let's have a rational conversation and not talk about violence."

Officers are investigating the threat.

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