IMPD going after 1,400 felony warrants over next 100 days

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department says it’s planning to go after more than 1,400 people with outstanding felony warrants. This operation is part of Mayor Joe Hogsett’s public safety plan.

Some people are calling it an ambitious plan to clean up the streets of Indianapolis and police chief Troy Riggs already has his eyes set on the target.

“We have to look in those 1,400 and look at those individuals we believe are the greatest threat to our residents in our community,” said Riggs.

Mayor Joe Hogsett outlined some of the things he would like to accomplish over his next 100 hundred days in office.

“I hope that with the consorted effort with local and state and federal cooperation, we’ll be able to make a significant dent as the police chief identified 91 of these 1,400 individuals have felonies that satisfied both categories.”

IMPD will work with multiple agencies, including the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office to track down names on that list.

“Now these are individuals that have outstanding warrants just since June of 2014,” said Riggs. “That’s 1,400 individuals walking the streets that have felony charges for either weapons or crimes against persons.”

Riggs said those arrests will happen; it’s just a matter of when.

“We need to focus on them, find out where they are, arrest them before they become a victim of a homicide or commit a homicide,” said Riggs. “When you look at the background of our homicide suspects and victims they’re very similar to these 1,400.”

So is the Marion County Jail ready to house additional inmates? A spokesperson told 24-Hour News 8 via email that current data shows three of its facilities are below capacity by 153 inmates. The numbers are updated as of January 5th.

At this time, it’s still unclear when police will make their first arrest.

“I don’t want to talk about the operations yet. We’re still in the planning session,” said Riggs. “That will be very clear, we will share that with the public, the public will be well aware of what we’re doing.”

Riggs told 24-Hour News 8 a data meeting is also tentatively scheduled for the third week of January. The meeting will be open to the public.

During that time, Riggs will go over the crime numbers from 2015 and talk about their plans moving forward. He said a time and location have not been set yet.

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