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One-on-one with new IMPD Chief Troy Riggs

Posted at 6:25 PM, Jan 01, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett says one if his main priorities is public safety. 

The city's new mayor has promised more resources to fight crime and make Indianapolis a safer place to live, work and play.

New IMPD Chief Troy Riggs said one of the biggest things he will bring to the department is his use of data as a smarter way to fight crime. 

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He says tracking things like quality of life issues, violent and non-violent crimes and other specific data points can give the department a lot of information of where and why crimes are occurring. 

Riggs says they can use those results to move officers to targeted areas of the city. 

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And after a year of record-setting homicides citywide, and more than 447 non-fatal shootings, he says data will go far in trying to figure out ways to put police in the right places. 

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Saturday, Riggs is holding a public safety summit with local and federal law enforcement agencies and finding ways to work together to make Indianapolis a safer place. 

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