DeLaney calls for bigger IMPD

August 21st, 2014 at 3:16 pm by under Jim Shella's Political Blog

Democrat Ed DeLaney says Indianapolis needs more police officers and new ways to pay for them.

The 2015 mayoral candidate is continuing to attack the policies of GOP Mayor Greg Ballard even though the election is not until next year.
He says Greg Ballard isn’t doing enough to bolster IMPD.

DeLaney appeared outside police headquarters to make the case that staffing in the police department has gone down by 12 percent from over 1700 officers to just over 1500 since Ballard first took office.

He said there is need for about 200 more officers and that, if elected he would seek state funding and federal grants to make it possible.

“It’s an expensive proposition but I don’t think there’s any choice about it,” said DeLaney. “The public lacks confidence in the level of the police force.  That’s a very bad thing.  We don’t believe that we have enough officers.  We have to get rid of that fear.”

Ballard spokesman Marc Lotter says the mayor inherited a police department with almost 100 fewer officers than the figure cited by DeLaney.

“Indianapolis is one of the few big cities that has not laid off police or firefighters or city officials that way,” he said. “so we’re trying to do the best we can wilth the means that are provided.”

The major difference between the two of them is the pursuit of federal grants called COPS grants.  They pay the cost of new officers for 3 years.

DeLaney says he would apply for one.

Ballard won’t pursue the grants because, he says, the jobs won’t be sustainable.

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