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Homicides up in 2020, but IMPD says violent crime is down

Posted at 3:28 PM, Jul 16, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS – A little more than halfway through 2020, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett gave an update on the city’s public safety efforts Thursday afternoon.

Here are a few highlights from the press conference. Scroll to the bottom of this page to watch the full video.

Violent crime and homicides

Criminal homicides are up nearly 40% from this time last year and nonfatal shootings are up by about 24%. But IMPD says violent crime overall, and specifically robberies and rape, is down by about 9% from this time last year.

Beat policing

Officers will be required to spend time within their section of Indianapolis being visible to the community. This could mean connecting with neighbors, on bike patrols or in a visible, stationary position. This is to increase connectivity and improve relations with IMPD and the community.

IMPD also went from 78 beats to 106, which is to help build stronger relationships with residents and businesses.

Domestic violence program

The city’s Office of Public Health and Safety has partnered with the Domestic Violence Network to acquire funding to help survivors of domestic violence. The money will go toward hotel stays, food vouchers, and advocacy services. Click here for more information on the program.