1. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 7, 2013Chief Hite Announces the Violent Crime Review TeamSummer Plan: SUPPORTING INFORMATIONPREVENTION Restoring Excellence Program – The partnership between Director Riggs, Chief Hite,Prosecutor Curry, and the Community Affairs Branch is a seven-week program whichmeets for 2 hours, twice a week. The program’s focus is on:o Examining their position in lifeo How attitude can affect behavioro Understanding the process for changing negative behavioro Gaining better self-controlo Goal directed behavior patternso Making a personal commitment to be a law-abiding citizeno Gaining critical cognitive thinking skills 2013 Gang Resistance Education and Training Summer Camp (G.R.E.A.T.) – June 17-21. Community Affairs Boot Camp – A focus on young males ages 13-18, who have or whowill likely have a negative encounter with law enforcement. Lessons in leadership,decision making, conflict resolution, and more will be offered.INTERVENTIONThe “Open Spaces, Safe Places” initiative is an effort between the Indianapolis Park Rangersand the IMPD to make public parks safe places within our community. These efforts include: Increased police presence, especially during peak hours Extra patrol and enforcement activity along roadways and other pedestrian locations;and Educating patrons concerning park rules and city ordinances regarding acceptable citypark behavior.The IMPD is working with property managers of troubled apartment complexes to educate theoperators on how to address crime issues and eliminate future problems. In addition to theeducation component, the department will develop legally valid “ban lists” and “trespass lists”.Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) will be utilized to identify
2. environmental factors which cause crime and disorder in these apartment complexes. Monthlyround table meetings with apartment managers and IMPD district personnel will continue.IMPD is partnering with the Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County, specifically, theMidtown Community Mental Health Center. The Southwest District has seen a rise in propertycrimes, such as burglary and larceny driven by an increase in heroin use. The partnership’sgoal is to identify these individuals and address their substance abuse and mental health issuesbefore they are arrested.Community outreach is important to any crime prevention plan in order gain support and buy-in.Each service district is well prepared in this area and is actively communicating with theircommunity leaders and neighborhood groups. These communication networks will be used tokeep citizens informed on the progress of the summer plan and of any changes. In addition,each district has several community events planned for the summer. These events allow thepublic and law enforcement to interact in a positive way which helps to build relationships,reduces the negative perception of the police, and improves the department’s ability to reducecrime.SUPPRESSIONThe IMPD has identified areas within the city which account for a disproportionate amount ofcrime and violence. These areas will be the primary focus of the suppression efforts and basedon the following six (6) on-going phases:1. Identification and Intelligence Gathering. Geographical and temporal analysis and goals2. Covert Interdiction Narcotics / Gang / Vice3. Probation and Parole Sweeps High-risk releases monitored, parole and probation and warrant sweeps4. Uniform, District Detective, and Community Affairs Interdiction Gun-focused uniform saturation patrols and criminal interdiction5. Addressing Quality of Life Issues Code enforcement, Health and Hospital, etc.6. Coordinated Prosecutions and Investigative Review Federal prosecutor assigned by U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett Deputy prosecutor assigned by Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry Federal liaison to guide gun investigations Further training for identified IMPD gun liaisons in identified areasEach year 5,000 people are re-entering our communities after serving time in prison. A pilotproject on Northwest District is being tested to monitor high-risk offenders released from theIndiana Department of Corrections who are now living in our community. The IMPD has also
3. partnered with agents from Probation and Parole as they conduct sweeps on clients who livewithin the identified areas.Uniform patrol officers and district detectives from within the Operations Division will investigateviolent crimes and conduct gun interdiction within the identified areas. Detectives will investigateall gun related offenses and will reexamine prior cases in which no criminal charges were filed.This follow-up will help determine whether new or additional charges may be filed. Saturationpatrols focusing on illegal guns and gun-related crimes will be conducted in the identified areasduring peak hours of criminal activity.The Indianapolis Homicide and Non-fatal Shooting Review Team will continue to meet with thegoals of: increasing our understanding of the culture of gun violence; connecting non-fatalshootings and homicides; and improving data collection related to gun violence.Additionally, CPTED surveys and community collaboration will address quality of life issueswithin the identified areas which encourage crime. Window surveys are being conducted toidentify concerns and the issues to be addressed. These issues include vacant, abandoned,and/or unsafe structures, poor lighting, trash, graffiti, overgrown vegetation and code violations.Community stakeholders will be engaged in this process. These and other social issues will beaddressed with the help of our community partners and other local government agencies. Thegoal is to improve the quality of life for the residents in the identified areas.
4. UCR Part 1 Crime – January 1 – December 31, 201201,0002,0003,0004,0005,0006,000Month of YearUCR Part 1 CrimeDate Source: CrimeView GIS UCR layer. Prepared by IMPD, Crime Analysis Unit – May 23, 2013UCR Violent Crime – January 1 – December 31, 201202004006008001,0001,200Month of YearUCR Violent CrimeDate Source: CrimeView GIS UCR layer. Prepared by IMPD, Crime Analysis Unit – May 23, 2013
5. UCR Property Crime – January 1 – December 31, 201205001,0001,5002,0002,5003,0003,5004,0004,5005,000Month of YearUCR Property CrimeDate Source: CrimeView GIS UCR layer. Prepared by IMPD, Crime Analysis Unit – May 23, 2013