Indy’s next police chief to talk city’s safety challenges

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The next police chief of Indianapolis will detail his plans to fight crime and bring down the city’s homicide numbers.

During his time as Public Safety Director, Troy Riggs started a plan to focus on six areas in Indianapolis that he says see some of the highest amounts of crime.

On Wednesday, at IUPUI, Riggs will talk about what’s next for those areas. He says the biggest jump in murders this year happened in the area near 34th and Illinois streets.

Riggs says police data shows murders are up 250 percent compared to this time last year. At 29th and MLK, murders are up 175 percent.

Riggs says there are generational issues that need to be addressed in homes in those areas, with those children, to break this violent circle. He says change won’t happen overnight.

On 24-Hour News 8 Tuesday evening, he said community engagement is the key.

“We’re going to include the public in any major decision as we move forward,” said Riggs. “Community policing can not just be a program or initiative. It has to be a philosophy and we want to make sure it is here in Indianapolis. It’s just a way to go about policing.”

Through Dec. 1, Indianapolis has seen 137 homicides. IMPD says they’ve solved 71 of those cases so far this year. In all of 2014, the city had 138 homicides, and detectives solved 89 of those.

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