INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis City-County Council discussed ways to fund police and keep the streets safe at a meeting Monday night.
Indianapolis recently hired 59 officers which was the largest recruit class in a decade. Rick Snyder, vice president of the Fraternal Order of Police, said last week that is not enough.
The number of officers available for duty has fallen to its lowest level since the merger seven years ago.
The Council discussed a recent report from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Staffing Commission. The report introduced the idea of taxing nonprofit groups in order to raise money for more officers.
"I for one am very appreciative of the commission’s leadership and their hard work. We owe it to the community to act on these recommendations," City-County Council President Maggie Lewis said. "I am very confident that through a respectful dialogue with leaders from these organizations, we can reach a consensus on why it’s important that they contribute to the critical obligation of funding public safety for our community."
The FOP wants at least 100 officers hired per year for the next five years. That will bring the number of sworn officers to about 1,700.
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