Central Indiana police departments doing more with less

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – It appears police departments in central Indiana are doing more with less.

Depending on the size of the city FBI suggests that there should be 2.1 officers per thousand residents. The Fraternal Order of Police has been asking for more police.

There are some residents that have called for less police.

“I don’t think we need more police,” said Anthony Power.

24-Hour News 8, took a look at the number of law enforcement officers per thousand in 15 towns near Indianapolis. Based on the numbers Speedway Police Department was the only the two departments that surpassed the 2.1 officers per thousand.

Many departments add that the FBI’s suggests have many different variables that don’t apply to every police department.

“Every agency manages differently a lot of that depends on calls for services and other variables,” Lawrence Police Captain Gary Woodruff.

Below is the number of officers and residents in several central Indiana locations:

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department
Residents: 844,220
IMPD: 1,564
Officers per thousand: 1.8

Lawrence Police Department
Residents: 46,756
LPD: 54
Officers per thousand: 1.3

Beech Grove Police Department
Residents: 14,340
BPD: 30
Officers per thousand: 2.13

Avon Police Department
Residents: 13,306
Avon Officers: 20
Officers per thousand: 2.03

Brownsburg Police Department
Residents: 22,603
Officers: 38
Officers per thousand: 2.01

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