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Indy FOP Prescribes Crime Problem Treatment

Owensby Cites Community and Tax Hike

Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police President Bill Owensby says community involvement and a tax hike to pay for more officers are currently the best ways to reduce crime. 

Owensby says he doesn't understand how upwards of eight people were shot in Broad Ripple last Saturday and no witnesses stepped up to report what they might have seen.  Owensby says community policing demands that more officers are assigned to streets patrols, but adds it doesn't work without community input to solve crimes. 

He adds that many Marion County residents wouldn't mind a small tax increase - a rise in the local option income tax - to pay for more officers, but they want to make sure that the increase goes specifically toward public safety. 

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