IMPD launches new tool to fight crime in real time

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 19, 2016) -- Indianapolis police unveiled a new high-tech crime-fighting tool Tuesday.

IMPD Chief Troy Riggs and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett call it the Real Time Data Center. The goal is to bring IMPD’s crime fighting tools into the 21st century.

Both the police chief and the mayor believe the data center will help solve crimes faster than ever before.

“This data center will give officers on the streets more information on suspects than ever before,” said Hogsett.

The center will feed information to police as they first respond to a call, whether on the scene of a homicide or a traffic stop.

“The officers are working hard and they need assistance tracking down leads. This will provide assistance they have not had in the past,” said Riggs.

A long-term goal for the center is to analyze crime data, with the goal of predicting future crime trends and helping police staff trouble spots to prevent violence before it happens.

“Using state-of-the-art programs, we are going to take a data-driven approach to keep neighborhoods safe,” said Hogsett.

The mayor included the data center as part of his 100-day public safety plan to help fulfill a campaign promise to cut down on crime in our city.

“I told the people of Indianapolis that it was my intent to make the city safer. This is a major step to achieving that promise,” said Hogsett.

The police department is already using seven to eight employees to staff the data center. They have six more positions to fill.

The chief says he hopes to do it all within his existing budget.

 

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