INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 25, 2015) - IMPD Police Chief Rick Hite is calling for immediate changes after a recent streak of violence. Chief Hite held a meeting with community leaders Tuesday afternoon to discuss the problems and talk about possible solutions.
Since Thursday, seven people have been killed as a result of the violence including a 16-year-old. Police have also investigated more than a dozen shootings.
"We cannot have violence in our community on any level but we have to take it apart with community's help," said Chief Hite.
Officers have already begun stepping up patrols in areas where the shootings took place. Chief Hite said residents can expect to see a more visible police presence but declined to go into specifics about the strategy.
"I'm not going to give you my intel plan but I will tell you we're going to go to the hot areas we've identified most recently where the violence occurred, I can't telegraph the moves and send people running away," said Chief Hite.
Various groups attended the meeting including several local pastors, The Black Expo and Children's Museum. Members of the media were kept out for most of the meeting in hopes of allowing for a more open discussion.
Several concerns were brought up during the meeting like a plan for transitioning people out of a life of crime, cracking down on young people with guns and focusing on security at night clubs.
As the chief addressed community leaders he stressed that policing is just part of the solution.
"We're going out in the street with the idea of bringing about peace in our community but we're not going alone, this time we're going to have some resources hopefully going along with us that are different than in the past," said Chief Hite.
Mayor Greg Ballard's office released the following statement in response to the recent violence:
The events of the last week are of great concern, and they underscore the importance of supporting a holistic, wrap-around approaches to building a stronger community. We are losing too many young people to senseless acts of violence, and it's time to embrace long term solutions that include mentoring, conflict resolution, and access to mental health services.