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.
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
- Gun violence
- Criminal justice
- Community engagement
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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