The Trump administration approved $1 million federal grants for Indianapolis. The money allocated will complement the efforts to combat the growing problem of gun violence in Indianapolis. After years of the problem getting worse in the city, it’s good to see the federal government working to fix it.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department will receive most of the funds to hire three crime analysts for three years specializing in sniffing out leads in serious gun crimes. The Marion County prosecutor’s office will get $250,000 to handle a massive number of local gun cases and dangerous incidents. This cash infusion will definitely do a lot to help local officials address a problem that is only getting worse with time.
Trump Administration Addressing Growing Problem
Though Indianapolis has a reputation of a quiet city, violent crimes have recently evoked to be an alarming issue for the city and the police.
As the FBI reports, the violent crime rate declined a 2 percent in 2017. However, the violent crime numbers remained higher than 2013-2015. That means that we’re heading in the right direction, but more work still needs to happen. Unfortunately, violent crime is not the only measure of violence that the city has.
The number of criminal homicides also continues to grow each year. 114 criminal homicides were recorded so far this year, which is outpacing last year’s record number of 155 by 11 percent. As of now, Indianapolis is definitely on pace to break its own homicide record. However, this record is not the kind of record you want to break.
According to federal data, the problem has raised to concern the government thus pushing them to run federal law enforcement in Indianapolis. The grant is a part of an anti-crime strategy that’s leading to record levels of federal gun prosecutions.