INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett is lending federal investigators to decrease crime in the city of Indianapolis after homicide detectives responded to three murders in less than 12 hours on Tuesday.
As of Wednesday, there's been 44 murders in the city. Last year at this time, IMPD reported there were 24.
Hogsett estimated about 20-30 ATF investigators will help IMPD identify suspects that could face federal charges. Some criminals are leery of the federal court system because the sentences tend to be harsher, and if convicted inmates serve 85 percent of their time.
"The federal commitment is broad and deeper than what it's been before," said Hogsett.
The extra assistance is only on a short term basis. Hogsett estimates the investigators will help during the summer months and up to early fall.
IMPD has already been working on decreasing violent crime. Officers have taken part in aggressive patrols in high crime neighborhoods and that has resulted in 450 guns coming off the streets.
"We are changing the landscape," said IMPD Chief Rick Hite.
IMPD and the Public Safety Deptartment is going over a list of suggestions by violent crime efficiency team. The group made a list of suggestions on ways to improve public safety in the city. It's unclear which suggestions the department will adopt.
The group's initial suggestions have not been published.
During a 20 minute interview, Hogsett made it clear his office is working with Public Safety Director Troy Riggs on the best way to use resources.
A multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 65 shut down lanes Wednesday morning.
The Boone County Sheriff's Office asked that drivers use caution Wednesday morning as black ice was reported on some bridges in the county.
An investigation is underway into an early morning crash in Vigo County.