Commission wants 500 more IMPD officers to help fight crime

(WISH Photo, file)
(WISH Photo, file)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A special commission is examining how the number of officers may influence crime fighting.

The Indianapolis City-County Council created the panel to find a suitable number of officers for the city.

At Thursday night’s session, members of the commission seemed to prefer a model that would add 500 officers over five years.

“One of the reasons we’re in such a big hole is because we stopped hiring people,” said Rick Snyder, Vice President of the Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police.  “And now we’ve got to catch up and then move forward for a net gain.”

Valerie Washington, Deputy Director of the Department of Public Safety, said having more officers would allow the department to spend more time in neighborhoods.  More officers could mean smaller patrol areas, she said.  As they get to know people, they might also gather intelligence that might help them prevent crime.

Now, a financial team will devise an idea of what new officers might cost – and how to pay for them. Those calculations are expected at the meeting in April.

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