INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Troy Riggs released an analytical review and data driven plan to address crime in the city. He held this discussion at IUPUI on Wednesday.
Riggs released the numbers one day after Mayor-elect Joe Hogsett appointed Riggs as his new chief of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
Riggs had planned the dialogue well before he realized he would be Indy’s next chief.
His focus will stay on the city’s six most challenged neighborhoods. Those are areas that have seen an increase in poverty, crime and unemployment.
He also pulled numbers from the Marion County Health Department. According to the department the number one cause of death between 18 to 24-year-old’s is homicide.
In the report, 17 percent of 12 to 17-year-old’s carried weapons. In that same age group 18 percent had considered suicide.
“How does a young person grow up in one of those areas feel like they have the right to life and the pursuit of happiness?” asked Riggs.
During the presentation, Riggs gave comparisons in the city’s homicides. From January 1 to June 1, there were 42 homicides. The homicides were down by 32 percent during that time period.
However, from June 2 to December 1, there were 95 homicides.
“It has been an extremely violent six months,” said Riggs.
In the short term, Riggs suggests stemming the tide of poverty in the six most challenged neighborhoods.
He would like to address mental health, hunger and develop a collaborative consistent community approach.
The long term solution includes raising the educational and skill level of residents, establish a plan to deal with vacant housing and address employment needs.
Riggs credited current IMPD Chief Rick Hite, for his leadership and for addressing issues plaguing the city.