Indy HeartBeat will initiate outreach and education to try to reduce crime in communities.
A city official says the popularity of the drug is similar to that of crack-cocaine across the nation in the 1990s.
The Indianapolis City-County Council couldn’t muster enough votes Monday night to override Mayor Greg Ballard’s veto on a plan to hire more police officers.
Straub left the Indianapolis force earlier this month after a number of disagreements with outside groups.
Police say the crime was like many others in recent years, with thieves searching for materials they can fence for cash.
Almost half of men arrested in Indianapolis had marijuana in their system.
Indiana police officers will be riding around the state this week in honor of their fallen colleagues