INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Mayor Joe Hogsett stood inside the Washington Park Family Center surrounded by officers from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
During a 30 minute news conference Hogsett and IMPD Chief Troy Riggs talked about the importance of community involvement in providing a safer community.
Riggs touted IMPD’s foot patrol beats where officers get to know the residents, churches, and businesses they serve.
IMPD recently placed drug investigators in all of the city’s six districts. The department also added flex teams, or a specialized group of officers that respond to criminal trends in the city.
Riggs told a roomful of community leaders and reporters that his goal is for his beat officers to know the residents, business owners, and churches in their community by the end of the year.
Hogsett echoed those statements.
“It is my hope ultimately, I speak for every officer in those areas where we have beat policing, that someone who encounters a problem will pick up the phone and call their friend, who just happens to be an IMPD officer,” said Hogsett.
IMPD is currently working on several investigations, in some cases residents tipped officers off to the problems.
At this time, the department was not willing to disclose the cases because investigations are still open.