INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - It appears likely Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard may veto the City-County Council’s vote to hire more police officers.
Mayor's spokesperson Marc Lotter said the mayor Ballard will take a look at the proposal, but opposes the use of one-time expenses for a long-term problem.
Ballard has 10 days to veto the proposal.
City County Council Vice President John Barth said he is unsure whether the council would have enough votes to override a veto.
Lotter explained what the city is already doing to put more officers on the street.
Troy Riggs, Indianapolis Public Safety director, said Tuesday morning that he doesn't think ReBuild Indy funds will or should be used to hire officers.
Riggs called it "one time money," and said he has serious concerns about sources for personnel that are not sustainable.
FOP Lodge 86 President William Owensby said the department’s need for more officers is “critical” and the city needs a solution.
“It’s going to take longer to get police there. It’s going to take them longer to get them there when somebody’s breaking into your garage or breaking into your car or assaulting your husband or your wife,” said Owensby. “It’s going to take longer because we do not have the manpower.”
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