Former Charlotte police chief to serve as 'strategic liaison' in Indy's crimefighting effort

Posted at 12:56 PM, Jul 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-27 21:15:06-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and Police Chief Bryan Roach on Thursday officially launched the city’s participation in a federal program aimed at getting more resources to local departments in the effort to fight crime.

The program, being called the National Public Safety Partnership, is a continuation of an Obama-era pilot program known as the Violence Reduction Network.

The 12 cities selected for the program include Indianapolis, Houston, Cincinnati, Baton Rouge and Buffalo, New York.

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The program was announced in June by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The partnership promises to provide “expedited delivery of assistance” to local departments in seven core areas:

  • Federal partnerships
  • Crime analysis
  • Technology
  • Gun violence
  • Criminal justice
  • Collaboration
  • Community engagement
  • Investigations

As part of Thursday’s event, Roach introduced the city’s new “strategic site liaison” – retired Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe.

According to the Charlotte Observer, Monroe, the city’s first black police chief, oversaw a 40-percent reduction in homicides during his seven years as chief – from 75 in 2007 to 42 in 2014.

Indianapolis began that same period with 114 homicides in 2007; ending with 136 in 2014. The city saw a dip in the interim years, though, not breaking 100 murders between 2009 and 2012.

Since then, Indianapolis has set its all-time homicide record two years in a row.

Monroe said he was excited to come out of retirement to participate in the public safety partnership.

“You have a city that has a great commitment to reduction of violence in its community.,” he said during brief remarks Thursday.

Hogsett described the partnership as a continuation of the city’s crimefighting efforts.

“It has been and shall remain a priority of this administration to tackle the issues we face with innovation, with creativity, with nimbleness and with effectiveness,” he said.

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