Indianapolis police ranks expected to decline

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The 2013 budget plan from the Indianapolis mayor includes no money for new recruit classes for the police and fire departments.

Republican Mayor Greg Ballard's administration is also trying to renegotiate scheduled 3 percent pay raises for officers and firefighters for $5.5 million in budget cuts.

Police union president Bill Owensby tells The Indianapolis Star ( ) that the current number of officers on the city's streets is dangerously short of what is needed.

The police department now has almost 1,600 officers. That is nearly 200 fewer than authorized by the City-County Council and the number is expected to keep falling as officers retire.

Interim Police Chief Rick Hite says residents are safe and that the department has changed its patrolling strategy to concentrate on high-crime areas.

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