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Top public safety leaders for Indy head to White House

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Director of Public Safety Troy Riggs and Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Rick Hite will lead a team of members with the public safety administration to the White House.

Once there, the White House will host sessions on the use of technology and data to improve transparency and accountability between police and the community.

Recently, Indy’s Public Safety Department has been praised for it’s use of numbers to inform Indianapolis residents on criminal trends in the city.

In late 2014, DPS started a new philosophy that aimed towards giving critical resources to some of Indy’s most challenged neighborhoods. The department used crime data, emergency service runs, code and compliance, and even animal care and control.

“It show a lot of good work that our 3,200 employees have done to get us national recognition,” said Public Safety Director Troy Riggs.

Four other public safety departments were invited to the meeting. The goal is that other departments around the country will use the information to improve their departments relationships between residents and police.

Riggs and Hite left Tuesday afternoon, the two are schedule to come back Wednesday afternoon.