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Ballard veto hints at plan to increase police on streets

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Mayor Greg Ballard on Thursday vetoed a measure to free up $6 million to pay for new police recruits, saying he has a plan that will move about 100 existing officers to the streets.

Ballard claimed that Proposal No. 141, which called for $6 million in Rebuild Indy funds to hire a new class of police recruits, was “an unsustainable, one-time funding model that would leave us unable to pay for the officers and their equipment in future years.”

Instead, Ballard said that he and public safety officials planned to release a plan within a few weeks that would move 100 officers from desk jobs to the street and “help reduce crime and does not add to our budget deficit.”

In sketchy details provided to the city clerk in his veto, Ballard hinted that civilians could be used in roles that would allow officers to return to patrol.

Development of the recommendation is being led by Public Safety Director Troy Riggs and Police Chief Rick Hite, Ballard said.

Republican City-County Councilor Christine Scales introduced Proposal No. 141, which was passed by the council earlier this month in a bipartisan vote. The measure was co-sponsored by Democratic Majority Leader Vernon Brown.

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  • Grow up
    Buy a weapons permit and PROTECT YOURSELF, like nature intended. 90% of the calls to police are a waste. Real Men dont need the worthless government defending them. Grow a pair or move to France
  • MSam I Am
    You're forgetting that every year there is attrition among police officers. Their salaries are already on the books, already part of the budget. The new officers would simply be replacing the older, higher paid officers. Oh, and you're also overlooking that our Mayor has already pledged $6 million from that fund for cricket. It's the Mayor who has been irresponsible with our tax dollars.
  • police
    When is the mayor & council going to get on the same page - mayor earlier this year supported the plan being presented by his fellow republican council memebers - again mayor is lost - have no respect for his decision making
  • Makes Sense
    Look at it like this, that 6M is a one time deal for one year. At the end of that year, how do you continue to pay for it? Do you lay off, or god forbid the taxpayers actually pony up a little extra to keep those 100 officers on? We already know the taxpayers won't pony up even if it's in their best interest. Basically the short sighted plan by the CCC gets officers for one year and then forced to reduce the count next year. If we can get 100 officers currently assigned to desk jobs on the streets, you still gain the 100 officers and they are already accounted for in the budget so they stay.
    • Police
      Hmmmmm$6M...isn't that the same number Ballard is spending on the cricket boondogle? I would rather have more police and public safety.

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