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Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and city officials announced Monday a reallocation plan to put 156 more police officers on city streets beginning this summer.
A total of 116 uniformed officers are being put back on street patrol within in the next few weeks. Forty more officers will be added to patrol duty by the end of next year and two police recruit classes containing 100 officers will also be put on patrol by 2016.
“We’re maximizing all our resources. We’re putting everybody available back in the original spirit of policing,” Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Rick Hite says. “We’re going back to our roots of community policing.”
The department is also budgeting about $2 million initially for the recruit class that will start with at least 50 officers in late 2014 and the other class will begin in 2016.
The announcement follows a rise in homicides this summer, the latest happening on the city‘s near north side at 29th and Capitol on Saturday. The city recorded 16 homicides in June.
Members of the Ten Point Coalition of ministers says city council has been sitting on $2 million of crime prevention money and the community needs that money immediately.