IMPD chief: Beat policing in focus areas brings more community tips, leads to fewer shootings


Troy Riggs on Sept. 1, 2016

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Chief Troy Riggs said the department’s focus on beat policing is paying off.

On Tuesday, Riggs said beat policing in focus areas has resulted in a 10-percent decline in shootings from a year ago. Murders are down eight percent, he said.

The city’s 2016 murder tally stands at 127, which is three fewer than a year ago at this time.

Riggs and community leaders said tips from the public are on the rise, especially after highly publicized sweeps in Indianapolis that have helped disrupt criminal activity in many of the focus area neighborhoods.

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