Mayor’s office releases delayed 2020 report on how to reduce violent crime in Indianapolis

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CBS4 Indy on 2/16/2021 by Russ McQuaid

INDIANAPOLIS — Mayor Joe Hogsett’s office has finally released a report it has had since last May on how to reduce violence in Indianapolis.

In late 2019 and early 2020, the National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform visited Indianapolis and spoke with government and law enforcement leaders and community stakeholders to create the “Indianapolis Violence Reduction” report, which the city received last spring in the days before civil injustice protests turned violent downtown.

Since that time, Hogsett, the City-County Council and IMPD have undertaken police oversight reforms, changed the department’s use of force policy, reprioritized community crime prevention spending and beefed up the resources of the Office of Community Violence Reduction, and yet did not release the NICJR report publicly until after it was first leaked this week to the Indy Star.