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Indianapolis Mayor Says Police Should Change Strategy


Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard says a new proposal which would give IMPD officers incentives to move into high-crime neighborhoods won‘t address the issue of crime in the city.

City-County Council Democrats are proposing to repair abandoned houses in high-crime neighborhoods which, in turn, could be occupied by IMPD officers who would have the option of buying the homes at market rate after living there rent-free for two years. The money for the project would come from Ballard‘s RebuildIndy program.

Ballard says officers moving into those high-crime neighborhoods isn‘t the issue.

He says the real issue is having young teenagers dropping out of high school.

“We have young men who are dropping out at 13, 14, 15 [years old]. They’re dropping out of the system, they’re completely lost to everybody, and then they manifest themselves in violent crime. That’s the issue,” he says.”

Ballard says there is a front-end issue that needs to be addressed when it comes to crime not just in Indianapolis, but across the nation.

“On the back end, when they commit violent crimes, we do not do a good job in the criminal justice system of ferreting out the very violent ones who need to stay away for a long time,” he says.

He says there are a lot of behaviors, incentives, standards and laws that will need to be looked at in order to address the city‘s crime situation.

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