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Despite large increase in homicides, Indianapolis overall crime down in 2020

IMPD investigating home invasion on SE side
Posted at 1:22 PM, Jan 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-19 13:22:20-05

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: