INDIANAPOLIS — Officials in Indianapolis plan to announce a new strategy for putting more uniformed police officers on the city’s streets following a recent spike in shootings.
Mayor Greg Ballard and other city officials scheduled a morning news conference today to announce the initiative that could put up to 100 officers on the city’s streets.
Officials say the move was planned and has nothing to do with Indianapolis’ recent gun violence.
Indiana’s capital has seen 70 shootings so far this year, with 16 in June alone. That trend puts Indianapolis on track for a year of nearly 150 shootings, a number not seen in nearly a decade.
One of the latest shootings was last week’s death of a teenage boy who was fatally shot downtown following a crowded Fourth of July celebration.
— Associated Press