Indy leaders provide update on public safety efforts

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INDIANAPOLIS — IMPD and city leaders gave a public update Tuesday morning on public safety in Indianapolis.

As part of his opening remarks, Mayor Joe Hogsett acknowledged the record set in 2020 in terms of homicides.

“Criminal homicide skyrocketed,” said Hogsett. He said Indianapolis was not alone in the trend, adding that most urban areas in the country saw an increase in violent deaths.

City leaders also reflected on the role the pandemic played on crime in 2020.

Mayor Hogsett said the coronavirus was a “contributing factor” in putting emotional, mental, and economic stress on people.

IMPD Chief Randal Taylor acknowledged the frustration the community is experiencing due to the violence but also asked citizens to “walk away” when faced with the choice to commit a violent act.

Police also shared more details about crime overall in 2020.

While homicides were up, rape, robbery, and burglary was down. Other areas that saw increases include non-fatal shootings and domestic violence incidents.

A more detailed report into IMPD’s safety plan update will be available later Tuesday.

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