A new federal-city partnership aims to reduce violence in Indianapolis by connecting police and federal prosecutors.
The National Public Safety Partnership allows cities to consult the U.S. Department of Justice for training and to connect with resources. Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett says this will strengthen the city’s current efforts.
“What we’re doing is reminding ourselves of what we’ve been doing for years and that is to continue to stem the rising tide of violence so many urban areas across the country are experiencing,” Hogsett says.
The partnership provides city police with access to crime analysis technology, collaboration and community engagement techniques. Hogsett says the partnership can make a difference.
“Our officers will be operating on the cutting edge of violent crime reduction and prevention, something that should be welcomed by all in Indianapolis,” Hogsett says.
U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler says cooperation of this type can make a significant impact. He points to recent, successful strategies that reduced pharmacy robberies in Marion County, they were the highest in the nation two years ago.
“The decision was made with the county prosecutor, with IMPD, with all the federal agencies that anyone who committed a pharmacy robbery in Marion County would be charged federally and now we’re at 10 in 2016,” Minkler says.
Violent crimes are on the rise in Indianapolis. The city’s had more than 70 homicides so far this year.