INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (November 13, 2015) - In a press conference about recent crime in the city and about the city's efforts in solving the murder of Amanda Blackburn, Marion County Sheriff John Layton announced more deputies will be back out on the roads.
The announcement comes as Indianapolis faces a major increase in crime. Layton said deputies have already been on the roads, making 60 some recent arrests. That includes the arrests after a manhunt for the suspect who shot a deputy. Layton explained that there was some confusion after a 2007 merger between IMPD and The Marion County Sheirff's Department. He said it didn't stop deputies from doing their jobs. Instead, responsibilities were changed and duties were split between departments.
"The merge came in 2007 and the merge was there for a purpose to try to save money to the taxpayers," Layton said.
Layton announced 150-200 deputies will be back on the streets assisting IMPD with both patrols and investigations.
"It doesn't matter what color uniform we wear, we're going to be in their face. We're going to take care of business as one team," he said.
The FBI, sheriff's department, and IMPD, will work together on tracking down whoever killed Amanda Blackburn. Sheriff Layton had a strong message for the people responsible.
"The criminals, the would-be murderers, the would-be attackers need to hear this. The silos are coming down."