The U.S. Department of Justice has announced more than $2.5 million worth of grants for IMPD, including $1.8 million slated to help hire new officers.
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler announced the Community Orientated Policing Services (COPS) awards on Monday.
The biggest grant: A $1.875 million award that will allow IMPD to hire 15 additional officers.
“These grants reaffirm my promise to support IMPD and all our law enforcement partners to reduce violent crime in Indianapolis,” said Minkler. “However, this cannot be accomplished with funding and more officers alone. It is the responsibility of every citizen in this community to work toward a safer Indianapolis. When one of us becomes a crime victim, we should all feel the pain.”
Indianapolis will also receive $294,000 for Project Safe Neighborhoods, an anti-gun and gang initiative, $250,000 for a criminal justice and mental health collaboration and $150,000 to fight crime in hot s pot areas of the city.