Statement Regarding Increased 2013 Homicide Rate

December 30, 2013

Below is a statement released by Council President Lewis re: the increase in the Indianapolis Homicide rate in 2013.

For Immediate Release
December 30, 2013

Statement from President Maggie A. Lewis Regarding Increased 2013 Homicide Rate

“Over the weekend, Indianapolis reached an unfortunate milestone of 125 homicides in 2013, one every 2.9 days – the highest rate since 2006. As we move into 2014, It is critical that we place the safety of our families first.”

“The leadership of the Indianapolis City-County Council has been consistently clear that our top priority is to address crime in our city. We pushed for and were able to reach a bipartisan agreement with Mayor Ballard to finally allocate the needed funds in the 2014 budget to hire 80 more IMPD officers. While we took the lead in identifying the funds needed to hire more officers without increasing taxes, we know it is still not enough.”

“The Council will not sit still, rather we will continue work together with the community and the administration to find solutions to end this senseless violence. In January, we will launch the IMPD Staffing Commission aimed at identifying how many officers our city needs to adequately protect our residents and how to pay for them. And we will explore how to expand needed community partnerships. We ask Mayor Ballard to join us as we focus on solutions, so our neighbors can once again feel safe and our neighborhoods stay strong.”