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The Indianapolis City-County Council could not muster enough votes Monday night to override Mayor Greg Ballard’s veto on a plan to hire more police officers.
Last month the Republican mayor vetoed a plan backed by Democrats that would move $6 million from the Rebuild Indy fund to recruit, hire and train new officers. Indianapolis is dealing with a spike in violent crimes, including 16 homicides in June and the shooting of a 16-year-old boy downtown after a weekend fireworks show.
Mayor Ballard announced Monday plans to put 116 officers on the street and fill 40 police department office positions with civilians. But councilors who supported moving money from the Rebuild Indy fund to hire new recruits say the mayor’s plan won’t cover the number of officers the city expects to lose to attrition.
“It will take 10 years of adding 100 officers every single year just to meet the minimum national standard here in Indianapolis,” says Democrat Zach Adamson, an at-large councilor who voted to override the mayor’s veto. “We have a 30 percent deficiency that our officers are trying to work under.”
The veto override needed 20 votes to pass but received just 16, including four Republicans.
Republican Councilor Jeff Miller did not vote in favor of the veto override but says he’d consider reintroducing the proposal if the mayor’s plan to reduce violent crime doesn’t work.