New index helps IMPD target crime

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Troy Riggs says a new "social disorder index" developed by the force will help authorities anticipate crime, and then hopefully prevent it.

The index is a simple equation which uses existing crime data to anticipate which areas will experience certain types of crime in the future. IMPD can then be more strategic in placing its officers and patrols in areas that have problems.

“We think this tool gives us the opportunity for our beat officers to work more efficient and effectively as a result,” said Riggs. "What this is going to allow us to do is to put officers in the right locations, at the right times when we have crimes, and then give them something to focus on during their discretionary time,” continued Riggs.

Last weekend, the index was used as part of IMPD's "Operation First Step," which netted 26 wanted suspects. Riggs says the index gave officers more specific information about the targets they were after.

"Our goal is by the end of the year all of our new beats will have a social disorder index," said Riggs, "and that not only will they have it, but it will expand across all the other parts of the city of Indianapolis.”

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