Council Approves Moving Money to Hire New IMPD Officers
By a vote of 15-10, the Indianapolis City-County Council voted Monday to approve a proposal giving money to help the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
The proposal allows money from the city's RebuildIndy fund to be given to the Department of Public Safety to recruit, hire and train new IMPD officers. It also creates the Police Recruiting Fund which, if signed by Mayor Greg Ballard, will receive $6 million from RebuildIndy upon its inception.
Republican Councilor Christine Scales says something needs to be done now to help IMPD. She says the city cannot wait for funds promised in the future. Democratic Councilor Vernon Brown, a co-sponsor of the proposal, cited a recent FBI report showing an increase in violent crime in Indianapolis as a reason for more police officers on the streets.
Opponents of the proposal say it not only takes money away from infrastructure improvements the RebuildIndy fund was intended for, but it also creates a short-term fix to a long-term problem. Republican Councilor Jack Sandlin says while there may be money to recruit, hire and train officers, there isn't money to pay them.
The proposal now heads to Mayor Ballard's desk for approval.