INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The director of the Indianapolis Public Safety Department says he has come up with a way to get more officers on the street.
Public Safety Director Troy Riggs is presenting his plan to get more officers on the street to protect and serve you.
Riggs says he has wanted to hire more officers for a while. Figuring out how to pay for it has been a challenge until now.
Thanks to cost saving measures, the department says it can increase public safety in Indianapolis while holding costs down.
Riggs presented his $432 million budget Wednesday night at a meeting of the City-County Council's Public Safety and Criminal Justice Committee. Riggs said reducing overtime saved the department $1 million this year. That extra money will help fund IMPD police recruits in 2014. The goal is to hire 100 new officers by the end of 2015.
“We are planning to hire at least 35 civilian employees next year. That is in addition to the ten we are in process of hiring hire now. What is important about that is 40 of those positions, we believe we can hire police officers right now," Riggs said. "We can move up to 40 police officers back into more of a traditional police function which is the equivalent of having a new class.”
Riggs says hiring civilian officers, who perform administrative duties, saves tax payers about $2.5 million.
“It keeps numbers that we have now stable through 2016. Based on past retirements of civilians and officers, that means in 2016 we will have additional officers than we have now,” Riggs said. “We will have more civilian officers than we have now and they will be utilized in a much more efficient manner.”
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