INDIANAPOLIS — Despite the attention focused on the spike in homicides, Indianapolis actually had a slight drop in both violent and overall crime from 2019 to 2020.
Overall crime numbers fell by about 8.6%, and violent crime fell by about 3.5%, according to data released Tuesday by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
Despite those decreases, homicides increased by nearly 40%, from 171 in 2019 to 245 in 2020. There were decreases in robberies and rapes in Indianapolis.
Other topics discussed by IMPD leadership Tuesday:
- Additional 45 street-level cameras in IMPD’s network after 16 businesses opted into the b-link program
- More than 1,000 IMPD officers outfitted with body cameras. Next round of implementation will include 270 body cameras and 25 car cameras.
The priorities for IMPD in 2021 include:
- De-escalation and scenario-based training
- New use-of-force policy
- Increased investigative and preventative resources at district-level
Watch the full discussion from Mayor Joe Hogsett and IMPD here: