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IMPD budget proposal approved

Posted at 10:21 AM, Oct 13, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is getting an increase in funding.

Here's a break down of the $7.7 million increase in funding:

  • $2.7 million would be used for body cameras, leases, and legal settlements.
  • About $1.1 million would be used for vehicles and equipment.
  • The largest portion, $3.3 million, would cover personnel costs, including the full funding of 1,743 officers.

Activists have been pushing for funding cuts of the police department to favor mental health services and other community support programs.

"It's really a shame and a slap in the face," one person who opposed the budget increase told WRTV. Watch the video above for more on what they had to say.

The only change to IMPD's budget request was an amendment that requires the department to report to the council expenses related to its mental health unit.