Bloomington Mayoral candidate John Hamilton says he has a plan to make Bloomington safer. He held a roundtable discussion yesterday to talk about the details of this plan. Hamilton was joined by former Fort Wayne Mayor Graham Richard, Shalom Community center Director Joel Rekas, and Maurer School of Law Professor Jeannine Bell.
A major point of discussion was what Hamilton calls a drastic increase in violent crime rate in Bloomington. Since 2004, the crime rate has increased roughly 150% while the national rate has remained stable. In response to this statistic, Hamilton has come up with an idea for a community-based public safety plan that will include law enforcement, community groups, and city officials.
“I know that the country is working on these issues, and many people care about them; we just need to bring people together to fix it,” Hamilton said Wednesday.
Professor Bell reiterated the fact that there is a wealth of resources and criminal justice experts at the Indiana University who can help discover the root of the issue.
Hamilton discussed the importance of data analysis in Bloomington saying, “We know it’s a lot more aggravated assaults, it’s a lot more robberies. We need to know where they’re happening, what time of day they’re happening, what locations. Are they repeat offenders? That kind of data is what a safe city program really digs into.”
So far, John Hamilton is the only registered candidate for the mayoral election. Current Mayor Mark Kruzan held a press conference announcing his intentions to run for another term but has not yet filed. The deadline to file is February 18.