Mayor’s crime plan heads to City-County Council

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s crime plan heads to the City-County Council Monday night.

This is another step in the process to put a concrete plan in place to fight the city’s crime problem.

Ballard has said the city can’t police itself out of the problem. Instead, he said, the city needs crime prevention, Pre-K programs, summer jobs and parenting assistance in addition to more police.

“In order to have a safer society, we need to address the root causes of crime,” Mayor Ballard said. “And so we have to get back to what we know is common sense, take care of our kids.”

Ballard’s plan does call for adding 280 more officers by 2018. This is different from what the Fraternal Order of Police wants; they’re requesting 500 new officers.

Democrat State Representative and challenger in the mayoral race Ed Delaney said funding the mayor’s plan isn’t well thought out.

“He’s afraid that the crime issue is not being addressed, he hasn’t addressed it, and he’s going to do something now,” Rep. DeLaney said.

To pay for more officers, Mayor Ballard proposed increasing the public safety income tax.

His office also says that eliminating the local homestead tax credit would largely pay for early childhood education. The rest would go to IMPD for other public safety initiatives

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at the City-County Building.

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