Mayor Hogsett outlines his public safety plan

Posted at 5:35 PM, Jan 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-03 01:28:46-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- In his second day on the job, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett is trying to combat deadly crime. 

The mayor called in the people in charge of local, state and federal law enforcement to make a plan to work together to make Indianapolis safe. 

"Today I am announcing a series of immediate actions that will be initiated over the next 100 days of this administration," Hogsett said. 

Hogsett and new IMPD Chief Troy Riggs laid out a five point plain for IMPD.

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The first focus will be on community-based neighborhood policing beats in the city's six focus areas. 

"They will be in those areas, getting to know the community, going to community meetings, understanding the issues that they are facing," Riggs said. 

The second point of the plan will be a new collaboration between local, state and federal law enforcement, and the creation of a homicide response team to identify and prosecute illegal activity that contributed to the homicide. 

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"All of the federal law enforcement agencies here have skin in the game. Federal law enforcement is all in with a goal of reducing violent crime," U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler said. 

The third point of the plan will be rounding up people on the streets who have outstanding felony warrants, people Hogsett says are responsible for continuing the cycle of violence. 

The fourth point will focus on bringing data to the hands of the police. Hogsett said they will create a real-time crime data center to identify and address current and emerging threats. 

The last point of the plan will focus on IMPD reaching out to the community, and addressing the root causes of violence. 

That community outreach doesn't just stop at the police department, the Indianapolis Fire Department will also take part. 

"I often say I don't want the first time that you encounter one of our men or women is on an emergency scene, IFD is an important part of our community," IFD Chief Ernest Malone said. 

IFD says beyond communication with the community, they will hold open houses each quarter. They will also have training sessions for people to learn safety tips and CPR, and will work with police when needed. 

With a record number of homicides in 2015, Hogsett said he is committed to making Indianapolis a safer place. 

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"There is one new face here, and that's mine," Hogsett said, "Give us some time, wait and see what our results are and make your judgments accordingly." 


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