DPS Director hosts Tuesday’s ‘Uniquely Indianapolis’ meeting, says event name has good back story

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By Lindy Thackston

INDIANAPOLIS (January 20, 2014) – The Indy Public Safety Foundation is hosting “Uniquely Indianapolis” Tuesday at UIndy. Public Safety Director Troy Riggs will lay out his overall plan for the Department of Public Safety in 2015.

“One of the things we really want to focus on is what we’re calling ‘Uniquely Indianapolis,'” said Riggs. “Our Department of Public Safety is new and we’re getting calls around the nation asking how we’ve been able to accomplish so much. And what we say, ‘it’s uniquely Indianapolis.’ It’s a partnership between government, private public partnership, but also a lot of nonprofits that are involved in social services, and what’s unique about Indianapolis is we’re doing something about it.”

Riggs said he hopes for a clear dialogue at the meeting and he hopes people leave with a clear understanding of where we are as a city.

One topic he revealed early to FOX59 that he’ll be discussing is data collection. He says he wants to be sophisticated in looking at crime numbers, understanding them and looking at the root causes.

“We’ve done a lot over the past two years, we’re very pleased with the support we’ve got from the public, but I think we need to continue to look at the new data that’s coming in, really understand the systemic issues we face as a city, but also as a nation, and making sure we’re doing something to deal with those issues and overcome those issues,” he said. “Remember, these issues were decades in the making and it’s going to take a long time and hard work to get us where we need to be.”

“Because of the partnership we have with the community, because of all of the individuals that have stepped up to assist us, we’re leading the nation in many areas,” he continued. “We were way ahead of the rest of the nation in how we prepared for heroin as it was sweeping across the nation at the time. Our response to heroin, the lives that we have saved, the future plans on how to deal with heroin, and how to get people off heroin, we’re leading the nation there as well.”

He says DPS is also focused on the 650 first line supervisors.

“If we want to have the best Department of Public Safety in America and be recognized as that, it begins with our first-line supervisors. And because of our Public Safety Foundation, we’ve had a lot of training.”

The meeting starts at 1:30 p.m.

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