Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett unveiled a $166.5 million anti-violence plan at a City-County Council meeting Monday evening, on top of a billion-dollar operating budget proposal that also focuses heavily on public safety.
“In addition to the 2022 budget, I am also introducing a comprehensive financial package that leverages the full strength of the American Rescue Plan to invest more than $400 million in a once-in-a-generation program, including the single-largest commitment to IMPD and community-based public safety efforts in our city’s 200-year history,” Hogsett said.
The three-year anti-violence plan would largely be funded with $150 million in federal dollars, more than a third of the $419 million the city will receive in federal coronavirus relief.
The anti-violence plan gives $33 million to traditional law enforcement efforts, $82 million toward community-led programming and $51.5 million toward “root cause” services like mental health care, hunger relief and workforce development.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department would spend nearly $20 million to fund 100 new police officer positions, plus another $4.5 million on 22 new civilian Public Safety Officer Unit positions, which handle non-emergency situations.
An additional $9 million on technology would go toward new software, a virtual training program, district-based data centers, transcription software, license plate readers and a gunshot detection pilot project planned for a 4- to 5-square-mile area, according to IMPD Assistant Chief Chris Bailey.
In addition, the mayor’s plan calls for the city to spend $37 million over three years on violence intervention, including the expansion of a peacemaker program. A community grant program would get $15 million annually for three years.
The last $50 million would go toward battling what the mayor calls the”root causes” of crime, including mental illness, hunger and unemployment. The money would paid for mental health services in schools, for the Juvenile Detention Center and for high-risk homeless people, as well as an overdose treatment center, a dropout recovery high school and support for youth sports and mentorship through the Police Athletic League.
Not all of the public safety spending will be done with federal coronavirus relief dollars. The city proposed using local dollars to fund legal services for children, a bump for the Coroner’s Office and a new case management system for the Prosecutor’s Office.
And, there’ll be some savings. For the first time since 1996, Indianapolis won’t have a private company operating any of its jails, Hogsett said. That takes an annual $20 million out of the Sheriff’s Office budget, though some of the money would go back toward staffing costs, according to Controller Ken Clark.
Here’s the city’s breakdown of the proposed $166.5 million plan and its costs over three years:
- Traditional law enforcement: $33 million
- 100 new officers: $19.5 million
- 22 new civilian public safety officers: $4.5 million
- Technology: $9 million
- Community investments: $82 million
- Group violence intervention programming, including an expansion from 6 to 50 peacemakers: $37 million
- Anti-violence community grants: $45 million
- Domestic violence: $250,000
- Root causes: $51.5 million
- Mental health: $30 million
- Hunger: $6 million
- Workforce development training: $5 million
- Assessment and Intervention Center expansion: $3 million
- Reentry: $5.5 million
- Police Athletic League: $2 million